Contaminated Buitoni pizzas: Nestlé wants to quickly reopen the Caudry factory

Will the Caudry (Nord) factory, where Buitoni pizzas are normally made, reopen? Perhaps one of the two production lines, according to the Nestlé group. It is from this factory that the pizzas contaminated by the E.coli bacteria came out, linked to the death of two children and dozens of poisonings, could restart in November 2022 “subject to the agreement of the authorities”, a spokesperson for Nestlé France told AFP on Thursday. At the same time, the group revealed several results of internal analyzes carried out by the company itself: these confirm, according to Nestlé, “the most probable hypothesis of contamination of the flour by the bacterium E. coli STEC” , one of the strains of this bacterium.

These analyzes were carried out in May and June on flour delivered to the factory on March 22, just after the outbreak of this health scandal. This flour was stored in several of the mill’s silos. Contamination from flour delivered by a supplier was one of the hypotheses raised by the boss of Nestlé France in an interview with Figaro in July and by employees in a France Inter survey. But other possible causes have been put forward, such as cleaning and hygiene conditions. An investigation by the health authorities is also underway, the results of which are unknown for the moment. -de-caudry-1445816

2,000 samples

Nestlé France, which claims to have taken more than 2,000 samples, claims to have detected no bacteria on the production lines and their environment (walls, grids, etc.). According to the spokesperson, E.coli was detected on frozen pizzas from the Fraîch’Up range produced between October 2021 and February 16, 2022. The group, which wishes to try to regain consumer confidence after this vast health scandal, indicates that it has since put in place “a restart protocol” of the factory concerning only one of the two production lines, the one which was not concerned by the contaminations, always according to the spokesperson. That of Fraîch’Up pizzas, however, remains suspended “until further notice”.

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