Lactalis baby milk formula recalled worldwide over salmonella scare

New Delhi: Lactalis, French baby milk formula maker, has ordered has ordered a massive recall of a global international product over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination.

Salmonella infection usually occurs when a person eats food contaminated with the faeces of animals or humans carrying the bacteria. The symptoms of salmonella infection include abdominal cramps, diarrhoea and fever. Most people recover without treatment. Read: 80 percent of baby food formula contains arsenic: Study

The company said it was warned by health authorities in France after 26 infants have become sick since December 1. These 26 cases of infection were linked to products branded Picot SL, Pepti Junior 1, Milumel Bio 1 and Picot Riz, Lactalis – one of the world’s largest dairy groups – said in a statement.

According to a list published on the French health ministry’s website, the recall affects customers in countries around the world, including, Britain and Greece in Europe, Morocco and Sudan in Africa, Peru and Colombia in South America and Pakistan, Bangladesh and China in Asia.

Company spokesman Michel Nalet told The Associated Press on Monday that the “precautionary” recall involves “several million” products made since mid-February.

It said it is “sincerely sorry for the concern generated by the situation and expresses its compassion and support to the families whose children fell ill.”

Lactalis is a privately held company headquartered in Laval, western France.

According to the company, a possible source of the outbreak has been identified in a tower used to dry out the milk at a production site, adding disinfection and cleaning measures have been put in place at the suspected site in western France.

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