After an investigation, the General Directorate of Health confirmed this Wednesday that frozen pizzas from the Fraîch’Up range have been contaminated with the bacterium Escherichia coli. The connection with the death of two children has not yet been established.
There is therefore a link between Buitoni (Nestlé) brand pizzas and certain recent cases of contamination with the bacterium Escherichia coli (better known as E. coli) in French children. The health authorities confirmed this on Wednesday with supporting studies. analysis “confirmed a link between several cases and the consumption of frozen pizzas from the Buitoni Fraîch’Up range contaminated with Escherichia coli bacteria”announced the Directorate General of Health (DGS) in a statement, while a massive recall of these pizzas had already been initiated for two weeks.
Since the end of February, France has seen an increase in cases of hemolytic and uremic syndromes (HUS) associated with E. coli contamination. These cases, leading to kidney failure, occur in children “Age 1 to 18 years with an average age of 5.5 years”, specifies the DGS. Two died as a result of these contaminations. Overall, the latest census this Wednesday reports 41 severe cases, while 34 others are being evaluated.
75 cases in 12 French regions
These 75 cases occurred in 12 regions of metropolitan France: Hauts-de-France (16 cases), New Aquitaine (11 cases), Pays-de-La-Loire (10 cases), Ile-de-France-France (9 Cases). ), Brittany (7 cases), Grand-Est (5 cases), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (4 cases), Centre-Val-de-Loire (4 cases), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (3 cases) , Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (2 cases), Normandy (2 cases) and Occitania (2 cases).
Until Wednesday, the health authorities only believed in a connection “possible” between these impurities and the pizzas of the Fraîch’Up range. They had therefore already carried out a massive recall in mid-March and asked consumers to destroy these products. At Nestlé (owner of the brand), however, they said so confidently“the [n’existait] no proven connection between our products and the poisonings that occurred”, Adding that the recall was a “Buitoni’s initiative in the name of the precautionary principle”. The link to specific contaminations is therefore now being made, although authorities do not say whether this is the case for those who caused the two deaths.
They remind of the need to see a doctor if diarrhea, abdominal pain or vomiting occurs within ten days of eating the pizza. Consultation is also necessary if, within 14 days, there are signs of great tiredness, pallor or a decrease in the amount of urine that becomes darker. “If there are no symptoms within two weeks of consumption, it is also a reminder that there is nothing to worry about.”closes the DGS.