Buitoni’s Fraîch’up pizzas have been withdrawn from sale after the brand was informed of the presence of Escherichia coli bacteria in the dough of a product.
The frozen pizza brand Buitoni (Nestlé) announced on Friday the immediate recall of the entire Fraîch’up range (16 references) after being informed of the presence of Escherichia coli bacteria in the dough of a product. In a press release, the brand asks consumers who bought Fraîch’Up frozen pizzas before March 18, 2022 not to eat them and to throw away the products. The press release does not specify the volumes or the countries concerned.
“Public authorities are investigating the resurgence of cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) linked to E.coli to understand the origin,” Pierre-Alexandre Teulié, director general, told AFP. in charge of communication for Nestlé France. “There is no proven link between our products and the poisonings that occurred,” he said, adding that the recall was an “initiative of Buitoni in the name of the precautionary principle”.
The health authorities announced on March 12 that the resurgence of cases of serious contamination with the E. coli bacterium had caused the death of two children in France since the beginning of the year. As of March 11, 2022, 26 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) “linked to E. coli bacteria with similar characteristics have been identified” in children aged 1 to 15 and “two children died”, had then indicated Public Health France in a press release without further details on the deaths.
Investigations with customs, the Institut Pasteur and other departments (food, competition, consumption and fraud prevention) continued to identify a possible source of contamination and put in place “appropriate measures” such as product recalls. .
“We have been warned that an uneaten pizza showed a trace of Escherichia coli beyond the limit of regulatory standards,” Teulié told AFP. “One of the characteristics of frozen pizzas is that Escherichia coli disappear with heat, a pizza placed in the oven no longer presents any danger if it is consumed”, according to the general manager in charge of communication.
Consumers can take a photo of the packaging with the references to be reimbursed by contacting consumer services, the brand adds, apologizing to consumers. “Our manufacturing procedures, our quality controls and compliance with storage, preparation and cooking instructions, guarantee the hygiene and food safety of our pizzas”, specifies Buitoni in its press release.
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