Lactalis baby milk in global recall over salmonella fears. Agriculture Minister Daea says Romania has received no official notification

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French baby milk formula maker Lactalis has ordered a global product recall over fears of salmonella contamination.

Health authorities in France said 26 infants in the country have become sick since early December, BBC informs.

The recall affects products and exports to countries including Britain, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sudan. It covers hundreds of baby milk powder products marketed globally under the Milumel, Picot and Celi brands.

Romanian Agriculture Minister Petre Daea says Romania hasn’t received any official notification regarding the withdrawal of baby milk produced by Lactalis and that the fast alert system would have sent information if problems have appeared and in several minutes the entire Europe would have known the developments.

Minister Daea was asked is such products are in Romania, following the French authority for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Combat has informed products from Europe, Africa and Asia will be recalled. Romania is on the list of countries.

“I’ve seen the information, but if problems appear the fast alert system would automatically work and in several minutes the entire Europe would have known the developments. I’ve contacted the head of the sanitary-veterinary authority and I’ve asked him to contact his French counterpart and he made the step. For the time being there is no problem in Romania, but this is a further proof we should produce and eat our products we most certainly know well and keep them safe,” the Agriculture Minister said.

Lactalis is one of the world’s biggest dairy producers. Company spokesman Michel Nalet said “nearly 7,000 tonnes” of production may have been contaminated, but the company is currently unable to say how much remains on the market, has been consumed or is in stock.

Lactalis believes the salmonella outbreak can be traced to a tower used to dry out the milk powder at its factory in the town of Craon in northwest France.

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