Foodwatch does double duty.
The consumer defense NGO must file this Thursday afternoon two complaints against, respectively, Buitoni and Kinder, reveals
These appeals follow a series of contaminations that have affected consumers, and in particular children.
However, these contaminations do not involve the same bacteria for the two companies: E.coli for Buitoni and its frozen pizzas, and salmonella for Kinder chocolates.
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The two complaints must be filed with the Paris court for seven offences, including "
marketing of products harmful to health, endangering the lives of others and aggravated deception
". They are accompanied by a petition in which Foodwatch denounces "
food scandals are linked in a pattern that is repeated, again and again.
(...) Between Buitoni (Nestlé) and Kinder (Ferrero) at the start of 2022, there would be several hundred sick children and two deaths
The complaint regarding the consumption of Kinder is filed with two families of two girls, born in 2013 and 2016, who fell ill after eating eggs.
One of them, Louna, 6, was "
hospitalized in a pediatric emergency for salmonella poisoning
" which resulted in myocarditis, reports Foodwatch.
Children under ten
The two food scandals followed each other in the space of a few weeks and raised the question of food safety and the controls operated in the places of production.
Several parents have thus mobilized on their side to take legal action.
Maître Jérémy Kalfon thus told AFP that he had filed around fifteen complaints since April with the prosecutor's office in Rouen, the group's headquarters in France.
The lawyer calls for the opening of an investigation by the Paris prosecutor's office, competent for offenses affecting health.
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According to a latest report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as of May 18, 324 cases - 266 confirmed and 58 probable - of salmonellosis have been identified in thirteen European countries including the United Kingdom.
Children under 10 are the main victims of this infection, but no deaths have been recorded at this stage, according to EFSA.