The company Lactalis reportedly spotted the presence of Salmonella in its plant in August through its internal controls. However, the official veterinary checks in September were negative.
It's been months since Lactalis knew. The first salmonella infections were observed last August. The information was revealed in the Chained Duck January 3rd.
Tests had been carried out by the veterinary services in September, but no contamination had been reported. 1300 batches of infant products, made in the Craon plant in Mayenne, were withdrawn from the market in December, in France and abroad.
Lactalis Nutrition Santé has twice identified salmonella in August and November. The bacteria were present "on cleaning equipment and on the tiles". Nothing has been said because it is not mandatory, legally, for this type of companies to communicate on internal controls.
The report of the veterinary services was not found
Surprisingly, the controls carried out in September by the Departmental Directorate of Social Cohesion and Protection of Populations (DDCSPP). These tests were negative in September, even though the company spotted the presence of salmonella just before and after. A fact that questions the experts.
When the National Fraud Investigation Group went on site in December, the DDCSPP report was not found. The complete closure of the factory was ordered by prefectural decree, tan part of the plant that produces milk than that which produces cereals.
Nothing new according to Lactalis
Asked by Allodocteur.fr, the Lactalis communication department states that the authorities have been informed about all these facts.
"We are in very controlled activities, and in total transparency relationship," said Lactalis, which states that contaminated batches, which have since been removed, were produced at the beginning of the year and therefore prior to this period.
This transparency was questioned in December by a former milk producer for Lactalis, interviewed by Europe 1, who thought that internal analyzes had been carried out regularly and that Lactalis needed to know about the contamination. But salmonella strains were not dangerous, so he thought the management had "spun".
A total of 35 infants were infected, 16 were hospitalized. Today, everyone is in good health today. The Paris prosecutor's office opened an investigation. Complaints were filed for "unintentional injuries", "endangering the lives of others" and "deceit".