Contaminated milks: after Lactalis, it's Nestlé's turn to recall 38 boxes of Guigoz milk

Saturday, July 14, the Nestlé group announced recall "as a precaution" 38 boxes of infant milk Guigoz 1st age. In phase of "industrial test", they were not intended for sale and are easily recognizable.

Nearly 8 months after the Lactalis group's scandalous infant milk scandal, Nestlé now has to recall potentially contaminated boxes. In a statement released on July 14, the group announced recall "by precaution" 38 cans of infant formula 1st age.

What are the milk boxes concerned?

This is 38 boxes of Guigoz 1st Age Thickened Formula 800g lot 8075080624.

"Despite the implementation of very specific procedures, these boxes of industrial test products that were not intended for marketing were mistakenly integrated into the distribution channel in pharmacies," says Nestlé in its statement.

If these boxes are withdrawn from the sale, it is because of a suspicion of contamination of type Enterobacter, a pathogenic bacterium causing digestive disorders.

The boxes concerned by the recall are easily identifiable, says Nestlé: the Guigoz logo appears in white and gray instead of the usual red, the user manual is not readable, and at the opening of the box, the measure is absent.

No reported cases of infection

At present, no case of infection has been reported. A toll-free number has been set up to answer consumer questions: 0800 223 242.

"In case of persistent fever in children within 15 days after consumption of this product, it is recommended to consult a doctor as soon as possible," said Nestlé in its statement. The group presents its "apologies to parents who trust them every day".

A precedent: the scandal Lactalis

This recall of batches of potentially contaminated infant milk occurs in a particular context. At the beginning of December 2017, it was indeed up to Lactalis to withdraw from the sale of milk cans 1st age contaminated at the Salmonella agona. Since mid-August 2017, 35 infants had been contaminated with batches produced by the Lactalis group.

For 31 of these infants, it was later proven that milk contamination with Salmonella agona came from the Craon plant (Mayenne) and was linked to work that would have been done in the first quarter of 2017.

After initially withdrawing a few batches, Lactalis had withdrawn from the national and international market of all infant and nutritional products "manufactured or packaged" in its factory in Craon since February 15th.

The withdrawal concerned products of the Picot brands (powders and infant cereals), Milumel (powders and infant cereals) and Taranis (mixtures of powdered amino acids for the treatment of pathologies).