Lactalis baby formula recall after salmonella outbreak

French dairy company Lactalis has ordered a global recall of its milk formula products over fears of salmonella contamination.

According to French health authorities, 26 infants under the age of six have been reportedly been struck by salmonella poisoning.

The recall affects products and exports to countries including Bangladesh China, Greece, Pakistan, Peru, Sudan and the UK.

It covers hundreds of baby milk powder products marketed under the Milumel, Picot and Celi brands.

Michel Nalet, Lactalis spokesman told French national news agency Agence France-Presse that “nearly 7,000 tonnes” of production may have been contaminated, but the company is currently unable to say how much remains on the market, has been consumed or is in stock.

It is believed that the contamination took place at Lactalis’ factory in Craon, northwestern France. The company says the recall covers all products made there since mid-February. Precautionary measures have also been taken to disinfect all machinery at the factory.

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