Lactalis, French producer of popular child nutrition product line Celia, have confirmed that they are working closely with UAE authorities to ensure that potentially contaminated batches of products are removed from the country’s shelves.
The baby milk and formula products, including products called Picot SL, Pepti Junior 1, Milumel Bio 1 and Picot Riz, have been linked to 26 cases of infection from bacteria Salmonella Agona which can cause diarrhea and fever. While spokespeople explained that up to 7,000 tonnes of product could have been contaminated all the cases of infection have occurred in France and none have resulted in fatalities.
On the 13th of December 2017 Lactalis explained it has been proactive in removing the batches imported to the UAE in order to be fully compliant with the local rules and protect the health of its residents. As an extra precaution they are removing 9 batches of Celia produced since the 15th of February 2017.
If you have any doubt about your product Lactalis recommends boiling the recombined milk for two minutes and then bringing it back down to consumption temperature before use. Further they’ve provided a list of the recalled batches so that customers can check their products at home. If you have one of these batches in your cupboards they advise against using it.
None of the contaminated Celia products have made it to the UK but several international shipments may have been affected according to Lactalis’ reports.
Recalled batches of Celia products in the UAE:
PRODUCTS BATCH NUMBER EXPIRY DATE
CELIA AD BI 400G 17C0012750 09/11/2018
CELIA AR BI 400GX12 GCC 17C0012820 22/11/2018
CELIA DIGEST BI 400G GCC 17C0012807 17/11/2018
CELIA EXP 2 BI400GX12 GCC 17C0012689 02/05/2019
CELIA EXP 2 900GX6 GCC 17C0012692 26/04/2019
CELIA HA 400G X 12 17C0012819 22/11/2018
CELIA LF BI 400G X12 17C0012904 01/12/2018
CELIA PRE BI 400G X12 17C0013092 11/01/2019
CELIA AL/NUT BI 400G GCC 17C0013287 22/01/2019
For any other information or concerns contact Lactalis at firstname.lastname@example.org
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