Nestle withdraws 'contaminated' baby milk
23 November 2005, MADRID — Swiss-based food giant Nestle said it has withdrawn a type of baby milk from sale in Spain, France, Portugal, and Italy, following fears about chemical contamination.
23 November 2005
MADRID — Swiss-based food giant Nestle said it has withdrawn a type of baby milk from sale in Spain, France, Portugal, and Italy, following fears about chemical contamination.
Spain's government food safety agency (AESA) revealed that Nestle had carried out the recall of the baby milk in September and had halted production at the plant in the northern region of Asturias.
Subsequent production changes, notably with the labelling, meant that the liquid baby milk now on sale again in Spain was 'safe', the AESA said.
However, Nestle's Spanish subsidiary said it was still withdrawing an unspecified number of consignments.
Italian authorities earlier confirmed ordering the recall of 30 million litres of the liquid baby milk, ruling the product unfit for human consumption, saying they had already raised concerns last month.
However, Nestle said a mere 2m cartons had been seized in Italy and insisted the product contaminated by a chemical from the labelling on the cartons did not pose a health risk.
There was confusion about when the chemical had been found and the extent of the product withdrawal in different countries, even though the milk was produced by the multinational in the same Spanish factory.
Italian regional health authorities had found traces of IsopropilThioXantone (ITX) in some cartons of its 'Nidina' and 'Latte Mio' brands, Nestle Italy said in a statement while seizures were going ahead in the country.
Nestle France said the move would affect 240,000 half-litre cartons of baby milk marketed under the Nidal Novaia brands in French supermarkets, with sell by dates prior to June 2006.
At Nestle's headquarters in Switzerland, officials confirmed that the production process had been changed to ensure the chemical did not find its way into the milk.
'The milk was made in one of our plants in Spain and sold in four countries: Italy, France, Spain and Portugal,' Nestle group spokesman Francois-Xavier Perroud said in Switzerland.
Italian authorities said the packaging was supplied by Tetra Pak in the Netherlands.
They said some consignments were thought to still be on trucks on their way from Spain to Italy.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news