a third range pointed out – Liberation

After “Fraîch’Up” and “Bella Napoli”, a third range of frozen pizzas from the Nestlé brand is in question. A family is preparing to file a complaint after a 7-year-old girl was hospitalized two days after eating one of these products.

“It’s the law of the series. The number of cases is only temporary, it will continue to increase.” For Me Richard Legrand, the questioning of Buitoni after contamination with the E.coli bacterium could well be “the biggest French health scandal of the last twenty years, since mad cow disease”. The lawyer at the Paris bar, who has already taken on around fifteen cases and continues to be approached by affected families, is preparing to file a new complaint for “endangering the lives of others”, “unintentional injuries” and “deception”. It represents the family of a 7-year-old girl who was hospitalized in March two days after eating a Buitoni frozen pizza, this time from the “Stone oven” range.

After “Fraîch’Up” and “Bella Napoli”, it is the third concerned. The “Stone oven” products would be manufactured in the Caudry factory (North), like the Fraîch’Up, and only on this site, according to Maryse Treton, of the CGT agrifood federation. The same one which was the subject of a prefectural decree ordering the temporary cessation of pizza production activities at the beginning of April, after two hygiene inspections with conclusive conclusions.

In its last point of April 28, Public Health France (SPF) indicates that 55 cases of contamination with the E. coli bacterium have been confirmed, including 54 in children. Some related to the consumption of Buitoni pizzas. Two children died, without a direct link having been established to date with the consumption of pizzas. The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on March 22 for “deception on a product, display or sale of corrupt or falsified food products harmful to health, placing on the market of a product harmful to health, endangering others, involuntary injuries and involuntary homicides”.

“Measures must be taken quickly”

While the Fraîch’Up products were the subject of a recall withdrawal, announced on March 18 by Nestlé, owner of Buitoni, the other ranges are still on the shelves, regret in unison the plaintiffs’ lawyers. “The silence of the brand is heavy. Are they waiting for new actions taken against them to finally react? tance Richard Legrand. We are dealing with a consumer product, it concerns millions of people. Action must be taken quickly.”

Thursday, a 34-year-old mother from Perpignan filed a complaint for “unintentional injuries” against the manufacturer, according to his lawyer, Me Pierre Debuisson. She was “hospitalized for six days” two days after having “consumed a pizza from the Bella Napoli range”. “The test results revealed the presence of E.coli bacteria,” and another bacterium, Shigella, provides his advice. But the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) does not come to the same conclusion: the result of their investigations “has made it possible to conclude that there is no link between the bacterial strains Stec [E.coli, ndlr], as identified in the Fraîch’Up pizzas, and the contamination that was the subject of this report”, explained a spokesperson. The Buitoni company nevertheless claims to take this complaint “very seriously”. While claiming that the Bella Napoli range “is fully compliant with quality and food safety criteria”.

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