PARIS – The French government announced on Sunday it had ordered the recall of a wider range of baby formula products manufactured by the Lactalis Dairy group after new salmonella cases were detected in babies.
Apparently, five new cases of babies affected by salmonella were detected in the past week, belonging to the same strain (Salmonella agona) that caused the initial Salmonella alert, and has been traced to the PICOT rice-based baby formula, not included in the Dec 2, Salmonella-tainted brand recall list.
The French minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, stated in a joint communique with the Ministry of Health that the recall of said brands, and its export-ban, was due to “Health safety” concerns.
The minister added that the affected babies were “improving,” but refrained from giving any further details.
On Dec. 2, the Lactalis Dairy group announced it was aware of some twenty Salmonella cases in babies less than six months old, that had been fed with some of their products and that it was proceeding to recall 12 different brands of baby formula products manufactured since Feb. 15 at their Craon dairy production facility.
In view of this latest development, French Health authorities have asked parents to check any Lactalis baby formula brands they may have purchased with the specific product lots that have been identified for recalling and to avoid using them.
The affected product batches can be checked at the website: www.solidarites-sante.gouv.fr