Lactalis has withdrawn a brand of infant formula manufactured at the same Spanish factory in connection with an outbreak of salmonella in France. The withdrawal and revocation measure concerns 16,300 boxes of Picot AR milk sold exclusively in pharmacies since November 29, 2018.
Four babies have become ill from Salmonella Poona with results pointing to Modilac branded marketed by Sodilac, a subsidiary of Savencia SA, as a source. Three other cases are under investigation.
Lactalis Nutrition Santé (LNS) said the Picot AR infant formulation was manufactured by an external vendor at the same Spanish production site. Other Picot references made at different production sites are not affected.
The recall is cautious and no health alarm has been reported with all controls in accordance. LNS said it was acting without waiting for the results of the investigations conducted at the vendor.
The French Directorate-General for Competition Policy, Consumer Policy and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) said it was verifying the effectiveness of recall measures and informing European and foreign colleagues through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) network.
Studies carried out by the Agency continue with the Spanish authorities to obtain information on the traceability of products manufactured at that facility.
Santé Publique France and the National Reference Center for Salmonella at Institut Pasteur have increased the monitoring of Salmonella Poona cases.
The four confirmed patients aged between two and 1
Former Salmonella Poona outbreaks involved 289 cases of powdered infant milk in Spain in 2010 and 2011, 907 infections in the United States from Mexican cucumbers in 2015 and melon involving the same two countries in 2000 to 2002.
Lactalis breast milk composition was associated with a Salmonella Agona outbreak in 2017, the sick 38 babies in France, two in Spain and one in Greece. The recalled formula was distributed to more than 80 countries. The company was allowed to restart the sale of infant formula from the involved factory in Craon last September, almost nine months after it was suspended.
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