The association of families victims of salmonella-contaminated milk will set up a collective filing of individual complaints against the industrialist Lactalis. The Minister of Agriculture, meanwhile, denied any responsibility of the State.
Two hundred children victims of milk contaminated with salmonella produced by Lactalis. This is the number of parents mail received by Quentin Guillemain. He is president of the association of families victims of milk contaminated with salmonella. Every day he receives new emails from parents reporting cases.
Thirty-six infants were diagnosed as infected, 16 were hospitalized, but this figure could increase according to Quentin Guillemain. The association will organize a "collective filing of individual complaints" against the group for "endangering the lives of others".
Questioned by several media, Quentin Guillemain denounced "the indifference of the public authorities" and "the contradictions of the administration".
Lactalis denies assertions of Chained Duck
According to the article in the Chained Duck Wednesday, the Lactalis plant located in Craon in Mayenne has stopped the manufacture of infant milk, in accordance with the prefectural decree of December, but not that of cereal boxes.
Thursday, the company denied in a statement: "The group Lactalis confirms the cessation of all milk production and infant products factory Craon since December 8, 2017." "We are in very controlled activities and in total transparency relationship".
Transparency that was questioned in December by a former milk producer for Lactalis. Asked by Europe 1, he thought that internal analyzes being carried out regularly, Lactalis had to know for the contamination. But because of low-risk strains of salmonella, he thought the management had "let go".
Minister of Agriculture denies state failure
The Chained Duck article also reveals that the group was aware of the presence of salmonella in the plant. Traces were found during internal controls in August and November on cleaning equipment and tiling. However, controls were carried out in September by the veterinary services. Nothing was detected.
The checks "were made on a site that does not correspond to the place where is produced infant milk, that's why we did not find anything," said the Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Travert Thursday on France Info.
The minister dismissed all responsibility of the state: "The state was not defective (...), we could not know," he insisted.
The Lactalis group has a certain tradition of opacity. A judicial inquiry is in progress.