Death of two children, three cases identified in Paque … What do we know about Buitoni pizza contaminated with E.coli bacteria

17 March: Stop selling Fraîch’Up pizza.

Since the beginning of the year, hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal foodborne illness associated with E. coli infection, has flared up in France, according to the Directorate General of Health. This syndrome can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain or vomiting, signs of severe fatigue, pallor, decreased urine output, and even kidney failure in children.

Since March 17, health authorities have warned the Buitoni brand about a possible connection with one of their products. “We immediately took the decision to withdraw all Fraîch’Up® pizzas from sale, interrupt all deliveries and suspend production.“, indicates the press release. A green number (0.800.22.32.42) has been set.

two dead children

As of March 17, 2022, 27 cases of serious infections associated with E. coli bacteria have been identified, with about thirty more cases under investigation. They are listed in 12 regions: Hauts-de-France (13 cases), New-Aquitaine (9 cases), Pays-de-la-Loire (9 cases), Brittany (6 cases), Ile-de-France (6 cases) , Grande East (5 cases), Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (3 cases), Burgundy-Franche-Comté (2 cases), Val-de-Loire Center (2 cases), Normandy (1 case), Occitania (1 case) and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (1 case).

These are sick children aged 1 to 18 years (mean age 5.5 years) who have developed symptoms since January 10, 2022. Two children have died.

The Conso reminder, which warns of dangerous products, informs consumers of Buitoni’s voluntary withdrawal from Fraîch’Up frozen pizza.

Link made with pizza March 30

On Wednesday, March 30, the Ministry of Health, through France, confirmed in a press release the connection between several cases and the consumption of frozen pizza from the Fraîch’Up range of the Buitoni brand, contaminated with E.coli bacteria. After epidemiological, microbiological and traceable analyses.

The mobilized services of the General Directorate of Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) conducted 10,000 checks at distributors to ensure the efficient removal of goods from the shelves and to encourage consumers to report to SignalConso the presence of such products still on sale.

three children affected in Pak

As of March 28, 2022, there were 75 cases under investigation, including 41 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, i.e. 14 cases more than the last update on March 17th. Another 34 cases are under investigation, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.

75 cases occurred in 12 metropolitan regions: Hauts-de-France (16 cases), New-Aquitaine (11 cases), Pays-de-la-Loire (10 cases), Ile-de-France (9 cases), Brittany (7 cases). ), Grand Est (5 cases), Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (4 cases), Center Val-de-Loire (4 cases), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (3 cases), Burgundy-Franche-Comté (2 cases ) ), Normandy (2 cases) and Occitania (2 cases). Two children are said to have died from this syndrome.

Mushrooms, mealworms: ex-employee describes deplorable hygiene conditions

This Thursday, March 31, BFMTV showed photos and videos taken by a former factory worker. Nestle (Buitoni) in Kodry in the north, where you see mealworms, motor oil on production lines, plastic pieces in the yeast bin, mushrooms, food on the floor. These are catastrophic sanitary and hygienic conditions, which this former worker told the TV channel.

Cigarette butts were occasionally found in the sauce collection tanks, and most people didn’t wash their hands even when they came back from the toilet.“, describes the man. “I’m surprised there hasn’t been an accident before.“.

During the eighteen months he worked at the site, the former employee tried to alert management about the hygienic conditions. In vain.

How can food be contaminated?

But how could a frozen pizza be contaminated? You should be aware, as stated by the National Food, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety Agency (ANSES), that the main reservoirs of these bacteria are cattle and sheep. They are healthy carriers of these bacteria, so they are involved in the contamination of the environment with the bacteria present in their feces.

Contamination of foodstuffs of animal origin occurs in particular in meat slaughterhouses (skinning or gutting animals) or in dairy farming during milking.

Infection can occur during food preparation, either through contact with contaminated food or through poor hand hygiene or utensils used by the person preparing the food.

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