E.coli bacteria: what to do if you have eaten a Buitoni pizza?

It’s confirmed. There is indeed a relationship between the recent cases of serious contamination with the bacterium Escherichia coli in French children and frozen pizzas from the Buitoni brand. “Epidemiological, microbiological and traceability analyzes have confirmed a link between several cases and the consumption of frozen pizzas from the Fraîch’Up range of the Buitoni brand contaminated with Escherichia coli bacteria”, announced on Wednesday March 30 in a press release the Directorate General of Health. As a precaution, these pizzas had been subject to a recall since March 18.

Who are the victims ?

Since the beginning of February, France has experienced an increase in the number of cases of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) linked to contamination with E.coli bacteria in children. As of March 28, the health authorities are reporting 41 cases of HUS and 34 additional cases, for which additional analyzes are in progress.

The 75 cases were identified in children aged 1 to 18 in 12 regions of metropolitan France: 16 in Hauts-de-France, 11 in New Aquitaine, 10 in Pays de la Loire, 9 in Ile-de- France, 7 in Brittany, 5 in the Great East, 4 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 4 in Center Val-de-Loire, 3 in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, 2 in Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 2 in Normandy and 2 in Occitania. Two children also died as a result of HUS.

What is hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)?

This is’ ” an infectious disease most often of food origin, rare in France, but serious”since she “is the leading cause of acute renal failure in children under three years of age”, says the Ministry of Health. Most often, it is caused by infection with bacteria belonging to the E.coli family. In children, contamination is often linked to the consumption of products made from raw milk or minced meat.

What are the symptoms ?

An infection with the E. coli bacterium is manifested by diarrhea often accompanied by blood, abdominal pain and sometimes vomiting which can progress, after about a week, to a severe form (HUS) in about 10% of children. The latter then show signs of great fatigue, pallor, a decrease in the volume of urine, which becomes darker, and sometimes convulsions.

What if you have Buitoni pizzas?

Of course, if you have Buitoni brand Fraîch’up pizzas in your freezer, you should not eat them but throw them away. The same applies if you have frozen pizzas without their box and you cannot formally identify the range and the brand.

In addition, the Buitoni brand offers to refund your purchase. To do this, simply take a photo of the packaging with the product references (Minimum Durability Date, bar code number, batch number) and call consumer service on 0 800 22 32 42 (service and call free).

If you notice that Fraîch’Up pizzas from Buitoni are still being marketed, you are invited to file a report on the SignalConso platform.

What to do in case of symptoms after consuming a pizza affected by the recall?

If you or your children have eaten a Fraîch’Up pizza, it is important to consult a doctor quickly in the event of:

  • within 10 days, diarrhea, abdominal pain or vomiting;
  • within 15 days, signs of great fatigue, pallor or a decrease in the volume of urine, which becomes darker.

In the absence of symptoms within 15 days of consumption, it is also reminded that there is no need to worry »explains the Directorate General of Health.

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