The parents of the 8-year-old boy, who died last February, say they are “satisfied” after the opening of a judicial investigation by the Paris prosecutor’s office. They nevertheless denounce the time that has elapsed since the first cases of intoxication.
It was a ritual for this family: every Friday, children and parents used to meet around a pizza. “Buitoni, Nestlé group … You are not suspicious”, says the father of little Nathan, who died on February 18, after eating a pizza from the brand. “Difficult to take,” comments Yoann Aïech, his father.
While a judicial investigation was opened this Thursday by the Paris prosecutor’s office after numerous cases of poisoning linked to the consumption of pizzas from the Buitoni brand, he and his ex-wife say they are “satisfied”, questioned on BFMTV.
“But there was a certain laxity of justice, we had to testify for it to happen,” said Nathan’s father. “I’m happy for all the families but it’s unfortunately too late, since all the arrests that have been made about the unsanitary conditions of this factory,” he laments.
“We decided not to be selfish”
“I thought he had gastro, then I thought he had appendicitis. It was when I was told that the kidneys had stopped working that I realized it was a disease more serious, but I thought he was going to get out of it,” says Sandrine, Nathan’s mother.
When the hospital staff explains to the little boy’s parents that their son’s brain and kidneys have stopped working and that his legs will have to be amputated, they make the decision to stop treatment to “leave him go”. “We decided not to be selfish”, they detail on BFMTV this Thursday.
Anger and frustration
On April 6, Yoann and Sandrine learn that a link has been established between Buitoni pizza and their son’s illness.
“Anger, frustration. I felt like I had murdered my son because I was buying these pizzas from a well-known brand, with confidence,” says the father.
Nine days later, the parents file a complaint against the brand. They salute this Thursday the work of their lawyer, Me Pierre Debuisson. “We owe him a lot in the media coverage of this affair. Without him, today, we found ourselves alone against a large group, we would not have known what to do”, specifies Yoann Aïech on our antenna.
“We hope it does justice to our little boy,” concludes Sandrine Plewinski.