Controversy over milk powder

Controversy over milk powder

Last December, the health authorities decided to withdraw the milks 1ERage of pharmacies and supermarkets of the Picot, Pepti junior and Milumel brands.


What happened ?

The Directorate General of Health has indicated that several young children aged less than 6 months have been contaminated with salmonella types Salmonella agona, in France in 8 different regions. What all these babies have in common: they had all consumed powdered milk produced between mid-July and the end of November by the Lactalis company on the production site in Craon in Mayenne.

An analysis and a control plan is underway with the DGCCRF (Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Control), to see if they can find this salmonella in the products stored in the warehouse.

The communications director at Lactalis said "there have been products marketed out of the 12 lots and others that are still in our warehouses, these products have been blocked".


Update on the disease

The child can be detected to have Salmonella infection within 3 days of ingestion, with gastroenteritis with vomiting, and very bloody diarrhea. As soon as you see these signs, you should take your child to the doctor immediately.

Salmonella Agona is one of the 2000 serotypes of Salmonella pathogenic in humans, between 2012 and 2016 the CNR detected 65 layers of Salmonella Agona per year. Salmonella Agona is found in France in various animal reservoirs among animal feed, cattle and poultry.


The reminders

A toll-free number is available for families on: 0800120120 (free call) and is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Public health recalls the hygiene principles to be observed when preparing baby bottles:

- Hands should be washed with soap and water before and after each handling of the bottles

- Bottles should not be prepared in advance

- Bottles must be cleaned immediately after use