Search in Caudry, contaminated children to avoid pizzas

BUITONI PIZZA. A raid is being carried out at the Buitoni factory in Caudry, north, the production site of pizzas contaminated with E. coli, which resulted in very serious poisoning in children, two of whom died.

[Mise à jour le 13  avril 2022 à 15h29] The gendarmes raided the Buitoni factory in Caudry in the north, where the pizzas contaminated with E.coli bacteria were made, on Wednesday April 13, reports the daily La Voix du Nord. On April 7, Public Health France confirmed 50 cases of hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) occurs in 48 children and 2 adults after eating frozen pizzas from the Fraîch’Up range contaminated with Escherichia coli bacteria producing Shiga toxins (STEC). The infected presented with Symptoms between January 18, 2022 and March 14, 2022. These 50 cases occurred in 11 regions of France Metropolitan: Hauts-de-France (11 cases), New Aquitaine (8 cases), Pays de la Loire (7 cases), Brittany (6 cases), Ile-de-France (6 cases), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes ( 3 cases), Bourgogne Franche-Comté (2 cases), Grand Est (2 cases), Occitanie (2 cases), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (2 cases) and Center Val-de-Loire (1 case). That sick children are aged 1 to 17 years with a mean age of 7 years ; 43 (90%) presented with HUS, 5 (10%) with STEC gastroenteritis. Two children died. That 2 infected adults are over 90 years old; one presented with HUS, the other with gastroenteritis. for 25 more HUS cases and STEC infections, Investigations are ongoing. “The number of HUS cases associated with eating these pizzas appears to be stabilizing” assured the agency on April 6. The Buitoni factory in caudry (north), where the pizzas were made, has been closed since that date.

Map of France Caudry in the north
City of Caudry in the north, home to the Buitoni factory, which produces pizzas withdrawn from the market. © Google Maps

RMC had revealed factory shock images Buitoni de Caudry. It was a former factory worker who sent these pictures showing deplorable hygiene conditions: “When we see mushrooms on the wall, we know it’s not right. he told our colleagues. A poll forhomicide“, “illusion” and “endanger others‘ was opened and is being carried out by the Health Department of the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office. What are the Pizzas affected? What should I do if we have some at home? can we be reimbursed ? What is the E.coli bacteria?

What is the Buitoni food scandal?

The Buitoni brand is at the center of a food scandal. What is arguable is that a link confirmed by French health authorities between their Fraîch’Up range of frozen pizzas and serious cases of food poisoning in children has (so far) resulted in two deaths and the hospitalization of several children. That facts start in January 2022. Several cases of pediatric hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and severe Escherichia coli infection are reported to health authorities.

► February 24th This is reported by the Ministry of Health 13 cases of HUS in children, related to Escherichia coli bacteria with similar properties. These cases occurred in 5 regions of metropolitan France. that first death is announced. The Buitoni brand is not mentioned yet. Multiple sources of contamination are being investigated, including ingestion of contaminated food that is raw or undercooked.

► March 11, In a new update, the ministry confirms 26 cases identified by SHU with the same characteristics as those of February (13 more). These cases occurred in 9 French regions. A death of the second child it is confirmed. No source of contamination has yet been incriminated.

► March 17thone new case of HUS is confirmed, bringing the total number of similar cases to 27 cases.

► March 18, Buitoni is recalling all of its Fraîch’Up frozen pizzas “After you’ve been informed Presence of E-Coli bacteria in the dough of a frozen pizza” this bandwidth. “The epidemiological, microbiological and traceability analyzes carried out recommendat this point, a possible connection when eating frozen pizzas from the Fraîch’Up range of the Buitoni brand” says the Ministry of Health.

► March 22nd and 29th: in the Caudry factory, two hygiene inspections take place by the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of the Population (DDPP) in the North and the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF),

“When you see mushrooms on the wall, you know it’s not okay”

► March 30, Public Health Franceconfirm a link between several cases and the consumption of Buitoni-branded frozen pizzas from the Fraîch’Up range contaminated with Escherichia coli bacteria that produce Shiga toxins”. 41 cases of HUS were identified, which is 14 more cases compared to the last update on March 17. These cases occurred in 12 metropolitan areas.

► On March 31, RMC unveiled shocking images of the Buitoni factory in Caudry, northern France, where the Fraîch’Up range of pizzas are made. It was a former factory worker who sent these pictures showing deplorable hygienic conditions: “If you see mushrooms on the wall, you know it’s wrong. The paint on the metal bars was peeling. There was leftovers left in certain places for several days, Some weeks. Cigarette butts could be found in sauce recovery bins. Where the flour is sent on the mats so the dough doesn’t stick, there were mealworms.” he told our colleagues. Buitoni (Nestlé Group) admitted that these photos were actually taken at the factory, but this is not the case “never that dirty” usually. Nestlé has confirmed that the tests it is carrying out itself at its Caudry factory are negativethe health authorities are continuing their investigations.

► April 6, The North Prefecture publishes a decree banning the production of pizzas at the Caudry factory. Public Health France confirms 50 cases of HUS and 25 are still under investigation.

► April 8, opening of an investigation for “manslaughter”, “deception” and “endangerment of others”.

► April 13 : Search of the Buitoni factory in Caudry.

Which Buitoni pizza shouldn’t you eat?

Buitoni remembers everyone Pizzas from the Fraîch’Up range, Buitoni brand, marketed. For example :

  • Fresh’Up 4 cheeses
  • Fresh’Up Royale
  • Fresh Chicken
  • Fresh’Up Bolognese
  • Fraîch’Up White Queen
  • Fraîch’Up 3 meat
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Example of a recalled Buitoni Fraîch’Up pizza. © Buitoni

Authorities are interviewing people who own Buitoni Fraîch’Up brand pizzas not to eat them (even after cooking) and to destroy them. Each household is asked to ensure their freezer does not contain one. It is also recommended for people who keep frozen pizzas in their freezer that have been separated from their box and whose range and brand are not formally identified or clearly known. not to consume and destroy them. If, beyond the controls, consumers find that Buitoni-branded Fraîch’Up pizzas are still being marketed, they are invited to submit a report on the SignalConso platform.

How many dead are there in the Buitoni scandal?

According to Public Health France as of March 30 two children died. The cause is the hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). It is about one infectious complication, most often of food origin Rarely in France though dig. We’re talking about a syndromehemolytic” because it means that it is “a destruction of red blood cells (responsible for anemia and a drop in blood platelets) and “uraemic“because there isbloody urine. Urea is a waste product from the body that is excreted by the kidneys in the urine. Elevated levels of blood urea and other waste products such as creatinine indicate renal insufficiency.

What are the E.coli bacteria present in Buitoni pizzas?

Escherichia coli or “E. coli” is a Bacteria found in the intestines of humans and some animals especially ruminants. Useful, it prevents other bacteria from colonizing the intestinal flora and causing disease. When they’re in the gut, most of them are tribes are harmless and cause no symptoms. However, some are pathogens. Excreted through the feces of animals, they can contaminate the environment (water, manure, earth) and groceries. They tolerate cold well (survives several days in the fridge) but not usually cooking.

What signs should warn you after eating Buitoni pizzas?

Authorities warn that it is important to seek immediate medical attention after consuming the products affected by the recall by reporting such use if:

  • Within 10 days (or less), people develop symptoms diarrhea, abdominal pain or vomiting;
  • within 15 days, individuals show signs of great tiredness, paleness, decrease in urine volume, which becomes darker.

If there are no symptoms within 15 days of consumption, it is also a reminder that there is nothing to worry about.

Provided with a photo of the packaging with the product information (best before date, barcode number, batch number, production time), consumers can call the phone number provided by the company to get a refund: 0800 22 32 42.

Sources :

Investigation of grouped cases of hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections associated with the consumption of Buitoni® brand Fraîch’Up pizzas – Santé Publique France – April 7, 2022 .

Severe cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in children: New cases reported, public health officials remind you what to do. March 30, 2022. Public Health France.

Press releases from the Ministry of Health.

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