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Lactalis baby milk scare in France: Salmonella taint 'began in 2005'

February 1, 2018 4:05 pm

The French dairy group at the centre of a baby milk scandal, Lactalis, has admitted some of its products may have been tainted over more than a decade.

Millions of boxes of powdered milk have been recalled worldwide following a salmonella outbreak last year.

Researchers say that the exact same strain of salmonella was responsible for another outbreak in 2005.

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The company said it was possible other babies could have been affected by Lactalis products since then.

In a newspaper interview published on Thursday, Lactalis CEO Emmanuel Besnier said tests had shown that a factory at the centre of the latest scare, in Craon in north-western France, was also responsible for the 2005 outbreak.

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The factory – owned by Lactalis since 2006 – was closed in December after it emerged that contamination had started in one of its drying towers.

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