Massive recall of Buitoni frozen pizza, “potential link” with serious pollution cases

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Frozen pizza brand Buitoni announced in a press release on Friday, March 18th that the presence of bacteria would immediately recall the entire Fraîch’Up series. E. coli.

On March 12, the French Public Health Service announced the resurgence of cases of serious bacterial contamination. E. coli Two children have died in France since the beginning of the year.

Buitoni is asking consumers who purchased Fraîch’Up frozen pizzas before March 18, 2022 to throw them away without eating them after being informed of the presence of bacteria. E. coli For the fabric of the product.

In a statement released Friday evening, health officials said as part of an ongoing investigation into cases of severe hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) reported since 1.er January in France, “Analysis performed (epidemiology, microbiology, traceability) suggests a possible link at this stage to the consumption of Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up series frozen pizzas.”..

“Since the beginning of January 2022, we have been identifying the causes of contamination, including other products, and continuing epidemiological investigations to establish potential associations with all cases detected in the area. “Also details joint press releases from the Directorate General of Health (DGS), the French Public Health Service, and the Directorate General of Competition, Consumer Issues and Fraud Prevention.

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58 cases in 12 regions of France

As of March 17, 27 cases of bacterial-related HUS or serious infections E. coli It had similar characteristics and was identified, “An additional 31 cases are under investigation.”According to this press release. “A sick child between the ages of 1 and 18 with a median age of 5.5 showed symptoms between October 1, 2022 and October 3, 2022. Two children died. rice fieldHe is reminded.

“These 58 cases occurred in 12 regions of the French metropolitan area. Auvergne-Rhone (13 cases), New Aquitaine (9 cases), Peydra Loire (9 cases), Bourgogne (6 cases). , Il de France (6), Grand-Est (5), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (3), Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (2), Center-Val de Loire (2), Normandy (1) Case), Occitanie (1 case) and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (1 case) “Press release details.

Earlier that day, Pierre Alexandre Teurier, managing director of communications at Nestlé France, told Agence France-Presse (AFP): “Public institutions [étaient] Investigate the resurrection of cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) E. coli Understand its origin...

“There is no proven link between our products and the addictions that occur.”He said, the recall “Buitoni Initiative in the Name of the Precautionary Principle”.. “I was informed that there were traces on the pizza that was not eaten.E. coli »»Said Mr. Teurier.

“One of the characteristics of frozen pizza is E. coli It disappears with heat, so there is no danger in eating it in the oven. “According to Mr. Teurier.

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Consumers can take a picture of the package with a reference refunded by contacting Consumer Services, the brand adds, apologizes to the buyer. “Compliance with our manufacturing procedures, quality control, storage, preparation and cooking instructions guarantees pizza hygiene and food safety.”Specify Buitoni in the press release.

World with AFP