Two stores of the Franprix brand (Casino group) continued to sell pizzas from the Fraich’Up range of Buitoni, yet affected by a product withdrawal procedure for more than three months, revealed RMC, and the group reacted on Tuesday indicating “recheck” all of its stores.
Two stores in Paris
It was Richard Legrand, a lawyer representing the families of victims who filed a complaint against Buitoni (Nestlé group) because of contamination with the E.coli bacteria of the brand’s industrial pizzas, who was alerted, explains RMC.
One of the stores continuing to sell pizza affected by a product recall since March 18 is located “very close to the Champs Elysées”the other “in the heart of Paris”, depending on the media.
In a press release, Franprix accused the managers of the two stores of not having “didn’t follow procedure” of recall and of being “overruled the security measures put in place”. “They committed a gross fault that we strongly condemn,” still indicates the sign.
“Sanctions” against stores
She assures that she will take “sanctions commensurate with the gravity of the situation” and that it deployed a device of “visual verification in 100% of stores”, all of which will be “re-checked within 48 hours” to ensure that the recall procedure is being followed.
“In cases where stores are identified, the goods must be destroyed immediately and sanctions will be taken against the managers”, says Franprix, which is part of the Casino group alongside brands like Géant, Monoprix, Vival or Naturalia.
Two deceased children
Buitoni pizzas are suspected of having caused the death of two children and a judicial investigation has been opened, in particular for involuntary homicide of one person, involuntary injuries concerning 14 people, marketing of a product dangerous for the health and endangerment of others.
In total, “56 cases, including two deceased children, were infected with bacteria sharing the same characteristics”, and the investigations have “confirmed a link between the occurrence of these grouped cases of infection and the consumption of frozen pizzas from the Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up range”, according to the health authorities.