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France tries to stem damage from failed baby milk recall

13 January 2018

The baby foods in question were also shipped to China, Britain, and other nations. The food had been made by France's Lactalis, one of the largest dairy conglomerates in the world.

Authorities in France summoned representatives of major supermarket chains on Thursday over a baby food scandal that has seen at least 35 children fall ill with salmonella.

Le Maire fired harsh criticism against Lactalis before the press conference, calling it a "failing company".

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"Lactalis will take back every single box of baby dairy products manufactured in the site of Craon (in northwestern France), regardless of the (production) date", the minister told a press conference following a meeting with Lactalis executives. The food was recalled weeks earlier over salmonella poisoning.

Speaking on Thursday, President Emmanuel Macron promised necessary punishment for those involved.

Lactalis ordered the recall of milk sold in some 30 countries after salmonella was found in one of its factories.

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Retail giants Carrefour, Leclerc, Auchan, and Systeme U previously admitted to selling potentially tainted baby food even after it was recalled.

In a statement on Thursday, Carrefour said it had sold 434 products at risk of contamination since the December 21 recall, but that another 95,000 had been successfully removed from shelves.

A French judicial investigation was launched in December and consumer protection association UFC-Que Choisir said it had filed a lawsuit against Lactalis for alleged fraud.

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France tries to stem damage from failed baby milk recall