Global Recall of Lactalis Baby Milk Over Salmonella Fears

 

French baby milk formula maker Lactalis has ordered a global product recall over fears of salmonella contamination.  The recall covers milk powder products marketed under a number of brands and affects product and exports to Britain.

The brands reported to be affected are:-

  • Milumel;
  • Picot;
  • Celi

It is reported by health authorities that 26 infants in France have already become sick since early December.  It is not currently known if or how many children in Britain have been affected.

Salmonella bacteria can causes food poisoning and symptoms can include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting and can be dangerous in young infants due to the risk of dehydration.

Gary Walker, a product liability specialist at Enable Law says “Lactalis have taken a big decision to carry out a global recall and it is important that all parents and carers check any milk powders they may have in their home and if they are one the Lactalis brands to report to the manufacturer and/or the shop where they purchased it.  If they are concerned that their child may have had some of the potentially contaminated powder they should seek urgent medical assistance. 

It is vital that Lactalis and the regulatory authorities carry out a full and detailed investigation into how this possible contamination occurred.  The consequences of salmonella contamination can be devastating to young children and parents and carers must be able to expect the very highest level of safety.  I hope that lessons can be learnt to reduce the risk of something like this happening again.”

If you have any queries about the implications of this recall, please do contact Gary Walker.