Two children dead in France E. coli outbreak linked to Nestlé frozen pizzas

Authorities in France announced on Wednesday, March 30, that two children died in a serious E. coli outbreak linked to frozen pizzas from Nestle’s Buitoni brand.

The Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria has caused severe instances of the hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in a number of patients, including children aged 1 to 18.

According to the national health agency Sante Publique France, at least two children have died, and 104 cases of HUS are under investigation.

“Epidemiological, microbiological, and traceability analyses have confirmed a connection between cases of HUS and the eating of frozen pizzas from the Fraich’Up range of the Buitoni brand contaminated with Escherichia coli bacteria that produce Shiga-toxins,” the agency reported in a statement.

Since January 1, regional administrators have been tracking severe instances of HUS, which include symptoms like diarrhea, stomach discomfort, and vomiting.

Moreover, Buitoni has issued a recall for Fraich’Up frozen pizzas sold in supermarkets, advising customers not to eat any items purchased before March 18.

“As soon as we were alerted on March 17 of a possible connection with one of our items, we instantly decided to withdraw all Fraich’Up pizzas on sale, interrupted all deliveries, and halted production,” read a company statement.

Information regarding E. coli infections –

Anyone who has developed E. coli infection symptoms should seek medical help and inform their doctor about their suspected food poisoning. Specific tests are required to diagnose the diseases, which can mimic other illnesses.

The E. coli infection symptoms vary from person to person, but they frequently include severe stomach pains and bloody diarrhea, which is often bloody. Some patients may also experience fever.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some may experience severe or life-threatening symptoms and complications.

A potentially life-threatening kidney failure condition known as a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) affects between 5 to 10% of patients diagnosed with E. coli infections. Fever, abdominal pain, fatigue, decreased frequency of urination, minor unexplained bruises or bleeding, and pallor are all symptoms of HUS.


Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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