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France: Lactalis baby milk linked to Salmonella outbreak

Following reports earlier this month of an unusual number of Salmonella Agona strains identified by the French National Reference Center (NRC) in young children under 6 months of age, investigations identified and confirmed the link between these infections and the consumption of infant nutrition products from the Lactalis Nutrition Santé (LNS) group’s production lines.

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According to French health authorities, about 26 babies in the country have become sick since the beginning of the month.

This has prompted Bruno LE MAIRE, Minister of the Economy and Finance, for the sake of health safety, to suspend the marketing and exports of several references of infant nutrition products, manufactured in 2017 on the site of Craon  by the Lactalis Nutrition Santé (LNS) group, and orders the recall, due to a risk of contamination with salmonella.

A company spokesman said that “nearly 7,000 tonnes” of production may have been infected, while the company thinks the outbreak of the salmonella can be caused by a tower used to dry out the milk powder at its factory in northwest France.

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The list of relevant product references is available on the website of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health: www.solidarites-sante.gouv.fr. The health authorities ask parents who still have boxes corresponding to these lots, as far as possible, not to use them, whether new or already started.

Parents who use a box of powdered infant formula affected by this withdrawal-reminder measure must change milk immediately.

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