Nestlé will ask to partially reopen its factory in November

The company is now awaiting an agreement from the authorities.

One of the two production lines of the Buitoni factory in Caudry (Nord) from which the pizzas contaminated by the E. coli bacteria, linked to the death of two children and dozens of poisonings, came out, could restart in November 2022"subject to the agreement of the authorities“, announced Thursday a spokesperson for Nestlé France to AFP.

The group also revealed several results of internal analyzes carried out by the company itself: these confirm, according to Nestlé, "the most probable hypothesis of contamination of the flour by the bacterium E. coli STEC“, one of the strains of this bacterium. These analyzes were carried out in May and June on flour delivered to the factory on March 22, just after the outbreak of this health scandal. This flour was stored in several of the mill's silos.

Contamination from flour delivered by a supplier was one of the hypotheses mentioned by the boss of Nestlé France in an interview with Figaro in July and by employees in a France Inter survey. But other possible causes have been put forward, such as cleaning and hygiene conditions. An investigation by the health authorities is also underway, the results of which are unknown at this time.

2000 samples

Nestlé France, which says it has taken more than 2,000 samples, claims not to have detected any bacteria on the production lines and their environment (walls, grids, etc.). According to the spokesperson, E.coli was on frozen pizzas from the Fraîch'Up range produced between October 2021 and February 16, 2022.

The group, which wishes to try to regain consumer confidence after this vast health scandal, indicates that it has since put in place “a reboot protocol” of the factory concerning only one of the two production lines, the one which was not concerned by the contaminations, always according to the spokesperson. That of Fraîch'Up pizzas, on the other hand, remains suspended "until further notice".

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