Recall of French-made baby milk extended to 83 countries over salmonella fears
A recall of baby milk products by French dairy company Lactalis because of a salmonella scare has been extended to 83 countries from around 30.
In an interview with French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, company president Emmanuel Besnier said that more than 12 million boxes of infant milk products are now concerned.
They are products from the Lactalis factory in Craon, north-west France, where the salmonella bacteria was discovered in December.
“We must take account the scale of this operation: more than 12m boxes are affected,” said Mr Besnier.
He said that distributors would not have to sort through the produce, but rather they know that "everything has to be removed from the shelves".
This means that all infant formula milk products made at its Craon factory are being recalled, regardless of the date of manufacture.
The move comes after Mr Besnier met France's economy minister Bruno Le Maire on Friday - and following a bungled recall operation.
Le Journal du Dimanche reported that 35 babies were diagnosed with salmonella in France, one in Spain and a possible case in Greece.