Buitoni scandal: an open judicial investigation

RMC INFO. Judicial information has been opened by the public health department of the Paris prosecutor’s office as part of the investigation into food poisoning linked to the E.coli bacteria in Buitoni pizzas.

Judicial information has been opened by the public health department of the Paris prosecutor’s office as part of the investigation into food poisoning linked to the E.coli bacteria in Buitoni pizzas.

Contacted by RMC, the Paris prosecutor’s office confirms that it has opened a judicial investigation into the counts of “manslaughter” against one person, “involuntary injuries” against 14 people, “deception on goods resulting in a danger to human or animal health, display or sale of a food product that is falsified or corrupted and harmful to health”, “marketing of a product that is dangerous to health and in danger to others”.

A preliminary criminal investigation was opened on March 22. In this context, searches took place on April 13 in the Caudry factory, in the North, where the offending pizzas were manufactured, and at the headquarters of the Nestlé group, in Issy-les-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine ).

56 cases confirmed at the last assessment

The latest report published by health authorities on Wednesday reported 56 confirmed cases of HUS, a serious food syndrome. Almost all of the victims are children between the ages of 1 and 17. Two of them died. Since the beginning of the case, the families of victims and their lawyers demanded the appointment of an investigating judge.

This Thursday on RMC-BFMTV, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran had reacted to this health scandal saying in particular “scandalized” by the images of the Caudry factory that we had revealed. This factory is the one where the pizzas affected by the cases of poisoning were produced. He also assured that he “fully associated himself with the pain” of the families of the victims.

Marie Dupin (edited by JA)

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