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A new complaint has been filed in Perpignan against Buitoni by a woman who was ill after consuming a pizza from a range different from that already under investigation.

The Buitoni pizza contamination scandal – a brand that belongs to the Nestlé group – is not about to dry up. A new complaint has been filed in Perpignan for “unintentional injuries” against the food brand by a woman, hospitalized on March 29 for six days, after consuming a Buitoni pizza. It was a product from the Bella Napoli range, while the ongoing investigation, opened on March 22 in particular for “cheating on a commodity”, “endangering others” “manslaughter”, only targeted the Fraîch’Up range. At the beginning of April, after two hygiene inspections with conclusive conclusions, the Nord prefecture decided to issue an order ordering the temporary cessation of pizza production activities at the Buitoni factory in Caudry.

55 cases of contamination

According to BFM TV, which revealed this complaint, Christina, a 34-year-old mother, consumed slices of this pizza on March 27. “The test results revealed the presence of the bacterium Escherichia coli»said her lawyer, Me Pierre Debuisson, adding that she remained “still very tired a month later”. “Her husband contacted Buitoni to request the removal of the pizza [des points de vente] without getting an answer, and he contacted the food safety and quality service, which simply said that he had transmitted the information to the ARS [agence régionale de santé, ndlr]», explains Me Debuisson, already involved in the defense of several families affected by E. coli. On March 18, Nestlé announced the withdrawal-recall of Buitoni pizzas from the Fraîch’Up range, after being informed of the presence of the bacteria in the dough of a product. On the other hand, the products of the other ranges have not been the subject of any recall. “The precautionary principle is totally flouted in this case, by Nestlé, by the health authorities, and by the courts!” denounces Christina’s advice at the microphone of BFM TV.

In its last point of April 28, Public Health France (SPF) indicates that 55 cases of contamination with the E. coli bacterium have been confirmed, some of which are linked to the consumption of Buitoni pizzas. These 55 cases occurred in 54 children and 1 adult who presented symptoms between January 18 and March 25. Two children died, without a direct link having been established to date with the consumption of pizzas.

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