Buitoni pizza case: Nestlé CEO apologizes and announces the creation of a fund for victims

Christophe Cornu, the boss of the Nestlé group in France presented his “apologies” to the families of the infected children after eating Buitoni pizzas and announced the creation of a “victim support fund”.

The CEO of Nestlé France came out of silence. In an interview for the Figaro, Christophe Cornu apologized to the families affected. “Today I want to express my deepest sympathy and apologizehe declared regretting this “human drama”.

On March 18, Nestlé closed two pizza production lines. At the same time, the Nord prefecture banned the activity of the Buitoni factory in Caudry after a link between the consumption of Fraich’up pizzas and several serious cases of contamination by Escherichia coli was established by the health authorities.

A support fund for victims

“We have decided to create a support fund for SHU victims” (Hemolytic and Uremic Syndrome), also announced Christophe Cornu, without communicating the amount.

“It will in no way replace the compensation that justice may decide. Implemented September 1, it will be administered by a trusted third party, an association that we are in the process of choosing. It will provide assistance to these affected families, who, beyond the suffering, may also be facing financial difficulties, such as loss of income”, he specified.

The pizzas in the Fraîch’Up range by Buitoni are suspected of having caused the death of two children. A judicial investigation was opened in particular for involuntary homicide against a person, involuntary injuries concerning 14 people, placing on the market of a product dangerous to health and endangering others.

A judicial investigation is in progress in Paris in particular for manslaughter and involuntary injuries.

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