Beware! Lactel Instant Full Cream milk powder in Nigeria causes death

Beware! Lactel Instant Full Cream milk powder in Nigeria causes death
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Lactalis—a dairy company based in Laval, France—is recalling more than 7,000 tons of contaminated infant formula from its markets, which span nearly 80 countries around the world. The public need to be Beware! Lactel Instant Full Cream milk powder in Nigeria causes death.

Babies  infected by a strain of salmonella have fallen ill in the last year in France. The source of the pathogen was traced back to the company’s Craon Lactalis factory in the northwest part of France. The factory has been closed for cleaning and the company is now under criminal investigation.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause infections like gastroenteritis. Symptoms usually appear eight to 48 hours after a child has been exposed to the bacteria.

Telltale signs include sudden high fever, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool and possible rectal bleeding.

The symptoms can last from a couple of days to a week and may be relatively mild. But several parents in France have reported that their infants had worse reactions and weakened immune systems, requiring further hospitalization.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been informed by the French authorities to withdraw and recall all infant milk powder, cereals and specialized nutrition products produced at one of Lactalis group Factories.

This is due to an outbreak of Salmonella Agona infections in France among infants less than 6 months of age. The outbreak has occurred over several months, dating from August 2017 – January 2018.

Investigations in France linked the illnesses to the consumption of infant formula produced by the Lactalis group.

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Beware! Lactel Instant Full Cream milk powder in Nigeria causes death.

Five (5) batches of Lactel Instant Full Cream milk powder produced by the manufacturer where imported in to Nigeria. The details of the batches imported into Nigeria are as follows:

S/N Product Name Pack size Lot BBD
1 Lactel Instant full cream milk powder 400g 16c001042 28.01.2018
2 Lactel Instant full cream milk powder 400g 16c001084 21.04.2018
3 Lactel Instant full cream milk powder 400g 16c001140 11.08.2018
4 Lactel Instant full cream milk powder  900g 16c001040 21.01.2018
5 Lactel Instant full cream milk powder  900g 16c001111 10.06.2018

 

If you are in possession of the product either as a consumer, distributors and wholesalers in possession of the affected products are advised to immediately stop their sale and submit them to the nearest NAFDAC office.

In the light of this developement members of the public are implored to be more vigilant and contact the nearest NAFDAC office anytime they have information on the affected

Healthcare providers and Consumers are encouraged to report cases of illnesses associated with the consumption of the affected products to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLL FREE from all networks) or via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng

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