Baby milk maker orders global recall over salmonella fears

French baby-milk maker Lactalis has ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination.

The company, one of the largest dairy products groups in the world, said it has been warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants have become sick since December 1.

Spokesman Michel Nalet told The Associated Press today that the "precautionary" recall both in France and abroad affected "several million" products made since mid-February.

The company said a possible source of the outbreak has been identified in a tower used to dry out the milk at a production site.

Lactalis employs 75,000 people in 85 countries, with a turnover of €17bn.

The symptoms of salmonella infection include abdominal cramps, diarrhoea and fever.

- AP


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