embattled dairy chief breaks silence
Last Updated : GMT 07:25:12
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Last Updated : GMT 07:25:12
Arab Today, arab today

Over Salmonella Scare

Embattled dairy chief breaks silence

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Embattled dairy chief breaks silence

Lactalis group
London - Arab Today

The chief executive of France's Lactalis group on Sunday vowed compensation for victims of salmonella-tainted baby milk as he revealed that recalls were now under way in 83 countries.Lactalis has recalled over 12 million packages of baby formula in 83 countries over salmonella fears

Giving his first interview in nearly 20 years, Emmanuel Besnier who heads the family-controlled company, told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that the recall involved more than 12 million packages of Picot, Milumel, Celia and other brands of powdered baby milk.

"We are going to draw the lessons from this crisis and set out an even stricter hygiene framework, in collaboration with the authorities," he said.

Asked why he had not publicly addressed parents' concerns as worries about the outbreak intensified, Besnier said: "It's true, by nature I'm not very forthcoming."

"In a crisis like this, we act first, and perhaps I didn't take the necessary time to explain things."

A total of 37 babies have fallen ill in France, health authorities said late Friday, along with a case in Spain and a suspected case in Greece, but Besnier said no new cases had been reported since December 8, a week after the recall was announced.

"The case in Spain goes back to October," he added, referring to the two cases outside France reported Friday by the Eurosurveillance medical journal.

Besnier's interview included two of the first public photographs of the secretive leader in years, at the Lactalis headquarters in Laval, western France.So far, a total of 37 babies have fallen ill in France after consuming Lactalis baby formula or other infant products

It came after finance minister Bruno Le Maire summoned Besnier to a meeting over the crisis Friday, in which the chief executive agreed to pull from store and pharmacy shelves all products from the Craon factory where the outbreak was found, instead of those dating back to February.

But Besnier did not appear with Le Maire at a press conference after the meeting, despite calls by several government officials for him to face the public.

'Not hiding things'

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the group by families who say their children got salmonella poisoning after drinking powdered milk made by the company.

But Besnier, 47, denied claims by an association of victims' families that Lactalis had lied about the dates and number of stocks affected by the salmonella outbreak.

"This is false. I don't know what this claim is based on," he said.

"At no point was there any intention of hiding things."The French government said there had been a "major malfunction" in the way Lactalis handled the recall

Besnier defended, however, not informing the authorities that internal tests had discovered salmonella on a broom and on the tiles of a dehydration tower at the Craon factory in August and November last year.

"For us, these 'environment' tests are an alert to make sure we keep the bacteria far from the product," he said, adding that authorities would have been alerted only if bacteria were found in the powdered milk.

Created in 1933 by Besnier's grandfather, Lactalis has become an industry behemoth with annual sales of some 17 billion euros ($20.6 billion), making it the world's third-largest dairy group, behind Danone and Nestle.

The salmonella scare has cast a harsh spotlight on an executive and a company little known to the public, despite employing 15,000 people in France, where milk and cheese are proudly considered part of the country's heritage.

Analysts say the crisis could dent the company's reputation among anxious parents worldwide.

"This recall may undermine consumer trust in milk formula brands produced using milk from French farms in the emerging markets affected by the recall, which includes China," said Raphael Moreau, a senior analyst at Euromonitor.

   
arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

embattled dairy chief breaks silence embattled dairy chief breaks silence

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

embattled dairy chief breaks silence embattled dairy chief breaks silence

 



Arab Today, arab today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 11:23 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Arab Today, arab today For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 11:14 2017 Tuesday ,19 December

For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 02:25 2017 Tuesday ,12 December

HM King Hamad visits Dr. Al-Ansari

GMT 02:02 2017 Thursday ,12 October

Smoke on board' EgyptAir plane before crash

GMT 17:33 2016 Monday ,07 November

Hanks, Portman bag honors

GMT 19:20 2017 Wednesday ,01 February

Singer Assi El Helani denied participating in cinema

GMT 00:02 2017 Friday ,20 January

UAE FM meets Afghan counterpart

GMT 22:41 2016 Friday ,21 October

Former Libyan Airlines official kidnapped

GMT 12:25 2017 Saturday ,15 April

Sumaya Al Khashab: 'El Halal' is a unique drama

GMT 01:01 2011 Saturday ,26 November

Inside Susan Boyle Posh House

GMT 10:11 2014 Tuesday ,04 November

Qatari chief of staff meets Kuwait military attache

GMT 20:10 2016 Thursday ,06 October

Egypt marks October 6 war anniversary by air shows

GMT 04:38 2017 Monday ,05 June

Nicole Kidman donates wedding dress to artist

GMT 00:43 2017 Tuesday ,11 April

Don’t speed, Oman police will catch you

GMT 12:33 2016 Friday ,07 October

All Black great Dan Carter no drugs cheat

GMT 08:30 2017 Saturday ,05 August

FBMA Summer Camp for Girls

GMT 15:45 2017 Wednesday ,04 January

Oil climbs to 18-month high

GMT 05:26 2017 Monday ,23 January

Dybala, Higuain strike as Juve humble Lazio

GMT 11:58 2016 Friday ,16 December

430 German tourists arrive in Luxor

GMT 14:34 2016 Thursday ,22 December

Palestinian President meets Saudi Foreign Minister
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday