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E.coli in Buitoni pizzas: negative factory tests, according to Nestl

E.coli in Buitoni pizzas: negative factory tests, according to Nestl

Lille (awp / afp) – Nestlé said on Thursday that tests carried out at its Caudry site in the North, which produces Buitoni brand pizzas, some contaminated with E.coli, turned out to be negative, confirming the culprit. images broadcast in the press did not correspond to the “normal” state of the factory.

The company closed both production lines in Caudry, where 200 people made pizza that was mainly marketed in France. On March 18, he recalled all Buitoni pizzas from the Fraich’Up range after identifying a possible link to E.coli contamination.

This range of French-made products is not sold in Switzerland. Buitoni frozen pizza sourced in Switzerland is imported from Germany and Italy, and is safe to eat. We do not know of any corruption cases in Switzerland, Nestlé Switzerland said Thursday afternoon in a press release.

Since the end of February, cases of renal failure in children involved in E. coli contamination in France have increased. Some of these cases are linked to the consumption of Fraich’Up pizzas, health authorities confirmed Tuesday.

Nestlé took 75 samples from the production line concerned and across the factory, “all negative”, Pierre-Alexandre Teulié, general communications manager of Nestlé France, told AFP.

“The priority is to find the cause of the corruption,” he said.

It does indeed appear that some of the photos were taken of a dirty production line, which aired in May 2021 on the website of Mr. Mondialisation, and which RMC took Thursday inside the factory, he admitted.

But “what they show does not reflect the normal state of the factory,” Teulié told AFP.

“If that corresponds to reality”, it could only apply to specific cases, “after a failure” or “during the cleaning process”, he stated, stressing that unannounced checks had not been identified. no departures from the regulations were made in September 2020 and March 2021.

“It’s never so dirty,” an employee told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The CGT agri-food federation voluntarily reorganized the plant in 2015 which, in its view, affected hygiene.

“Since then, the cleaning time has been reduced, and people who do not have the same training have done it. This has been criticized for years by Nestlé and elsewhere ”, stressed by Maryse Treton, of the CGT agri – food federation.

Nestlé said the lines were thoroughly cleaned for 5 hours after a maximum of 27 hours of production.

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