contaminations, complaints, pizzas concerned… Update on the health scandal

56 people were infected with E.coli bacteria after eating “Fraîch’Up” pizzas, according to Santé Publique France. Two new ranges are now in question.

While the massive recall of Buitoni pizzas from the “Fresh’Uphas been worrying consumers for nearly two months, investigations are continuing. Number of confirmed cases, legal follow-up, new ranges called into question… Le Figaro make a first assessment.

56 confirmed cases including two deceased children

As of May 4, 2022, 56 confirmed cases of hemolytic-uremic syndromes (HUS) and infections with shiga-toxin-producing E.coli bacteria (STEC) linked to the consumption of Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up pizzas have been identified by French Public Health. 55 children and 1 adult were affected. “ The total number of HUS cases linked to the consumption of these pizzas has stabilized since the withdrawal-recall “, Specifies the public health establishment.

The 55 sick children are aged from 1 to 17 years old with a median age of 6 years; 25 (45%) are female; 48 (87%) presented with HUS, 7 (13%) with STEC gastroenteritis. Two children died. These 56 cases occurred in 12 regions of metropolitan France: Hauts-de-France (12 cases), Île-de-France (9 cases), New Aquitaine (8 cases), Pays de la Loire (7 cases), Brittany ( 6 cases), Grand Est (3 cases), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (3 cases), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (2 cases), Occitanie (2 cases), Center Val-de-Loire (2 cases) , Burgundy Franche-Comté (1 case) and Normandy (1 case).

35 complaints filed, “twenty to come”

For the moment, more than 35 families have already filed a complaint against Buitoni and Nestlé, owner of the brand, for “ unintentional injuries “. Two different lawyers are in charge of the case. Master Pierre Debuisson was seized by about fifty families. “ About twenty additional complaints are to come “explains the lawyer. For his part, the lawyer Richard Legrand represents fifteen of them, five of whom have already filed a complaint.

In addition, on March 22, an investigation for “manslaughter», «deception” and “endangering the life of othersis in progress at the Public Health Department of the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office. A judicial inquiry was opened on May 12.

Two other ranges of Buitoni pizzas questioned

But after the Fraîch’Up range of frozen pizzas, the “Bella Napoli” and “Stone ovenby Buitoni are also implicated. A complaint was filed, in this sense, in early May, by a 34-year-old mother, with the Perpignan gendarmerie against Buitoni and Nestlé, for “ unintentional injury ” and “endangering the life of others“. On March 27, Christina consumed a frozen pizza from the “Bella Napoli“. Two days later, after the onset of symptoms such as vomiting and abdominal pain, she was hospitalized. His hospitalization will last six days. Medical analyzes conclude that she was contaminated by E.coli bacteria but also shigella.

However, the causal link is not confirmed. “ My client’s husband contacted the Departmental Directorate for Population Protection (DDPP), which transferred his request to the Regional Health Agency, but there was no reaction. The precautionary principle is being trampled on while these pizzas are still on sale“claims the lawyer. Contacted by Le Figaro on the opening of an investigation, the two organizations in charge of this type of investigation have, for the moment, not wished to respond.

Maître Pierre Debuisson also plans to send, within a few days, a complaint to the Paris public prosecutor in the name and on behalf of his client. “ This should have the effect of extending the scope of the investigation which is already open “, explains Albane Lancrenon, lawyer specializing in business criminal law at De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés.

For her part, a seven-year-old girl residing in Vienne was hospitalized for two days in mid-March. The analyzes did indeed reveal contamination with E. coli bacteria. She had eaten a pizza from the range a few days earlier.Stone ovenby Buitoni, but again the causal link has not been confirmed. An investigation is also underway. “We will file a complaint“claims the family lawyer, Richard Legrand.


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