After pizzas, cheeses, chocolates and sugar, now a food product is affected by a recall. Can we speak of a health scandal? In any case, this has reason to worry consumers. We tell you everything.
Food scandals follow one another
Food scandals have followed one another in recent weeks. Indeed, in March 2022, Fraîch’Up frozen pizzas from the Buitoni brand were recalled as a preventive measure. The reason is that they have been considered by the French health authorities as the cause of several serious cases of contamination of children by the E. coli bacterium in France.
On April 6, 2022, no less than 24,000 cheeses from Fromageries de Normandie (Lactalis Group) were the subject of a recall. This concerned Bries, coulommiers, camembert and small camemberts from the brands Normanville, Bon Normand, Pâquerettes, Graindorge, Traditions de Normandie. The health authorities have identified a “probable source of contamination” of the bacterium responsible for listeriosis.
Over the same period, the Ferrero group also recalled chocolates from its Arlon factory in Belgium. These were Kinder products from the Kinder Surprise, Kinder Schoko-bons, Kinder Mini-Eggs, Kinder Mix, Kinder Happy Moments and Kinder Surprise 100g ranges. The recall was prompted by the discovery of a link between the plant and the poisoning of European children with salmonella.
Also in April, the Intermarché group recalled sugar sold by Top Budget following detection of broken glass in said products. Today, it is cordon-bleus sold by Carrefour that is making headlines. Indeed, these products would contain foreign bodies whose ingestion could have serious health consequences.
These successive recalls have cause for concern among consumers. Since March 2021, there have been 4,377 non-compliant or dangerous food references.
Who would have thought that in 2022, children will fall ill from chocolates, pizzas or sausages bought in supermarkets. Since the scandal of dairy products for children produced by the giant Lactalis which took place in 2017, controls on food products have intensified. In addition to this, the precautionary principle has been more strictly applied.
Carrefour stores recall products
On April 27, 2022, the Carrefour brand launched an alert concerning cordons-bleus that were sold in its stores. The consumer reminder indicates that these are chicken cordon-bleus sold in pairs in 200 g cases. They bear the number 29022095B with an expiry date of 04/30/2022. These products may contain plastic which may cause “adverse effects following ingestion”.
This recall is done just after another that touches sausages. This is the Veritable Jesus of Lyon sausage from the Reflets de France brand (600 g bag). They were sold between March 14 and April 21, 2022 in the brand’s stores.
The references are as follows:
- Lot 205080
- Global Item Code (GTIN) 3560071431839
- Use-by date, April 29, 2022
If you still have some in your cupboards, avoid consuming them. Return them to the store for reimbursement.
A debatable control
The debate on the control of food products is coming back to the fore because of these numerous health scandals. Some associations think that the self-monitoring system that has been entrusted to industrialists is no longer enough.
Since the scandal of Lactalis, Ferrero, etc. who are the leaders in their respective markets, confidence in these large multinationals has collapsed. Many are calling for a reform, like Karine Jacquemart, director general of the consumer defense association.
For the latter, the succession of these health scandals is proof of the failure of the control system itself. As for Quentin Guillemain, president of the association for children’s health, he points to the lack of control carried out by the health authorities.
“No lesson has been learned! The real controls by the health authorities of these factories hardly exist any more”, deplores Quentin GUILLEMAIN.
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