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All Lactalis milk powder removed from Taiwan store shelves: FDA

2018/01/19 16:40:27

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Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Stores across Taiwan have removed all milk products from French dairy giant Lactalis after a worldwide recall by the company Jan. 14 on concerns of salmonella contamination, Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday.

Immediately after Taiwan received the recall notice on Jan. 15, the FDA said, it issued an order for all milk formula from Lactalis' factory in Craon to be removed from store shelves across the country, regardless of the date of manufacture, and the process was completed by the next day.

Lactalis has recalled some 12 million boxes of milk formula in more than 80 countries, citing fears of salmonella contamination after a reported outbreak of the bacteria at its Celia-Laiterie de Craon factory last year.

In Taiwan, the three importers of Lactalis milk products -- Orient EuroPharma Co., Standard Foods Corp. and Multipower Enterprise Corp -- have withdrawn all their supplies, according to (FDA) specialist Cheng Wei-chih (鄭維智).

In an interview, he said the total number of products recalled in Taiwan was currently unavailable but he could confirm that Lactalis products were no longer being sold in Taiwan stores.

The FDA, however, will carry out inspections to ensure that its order continues to be observed, Cheng said.

The latest recall by Lactalis was its third since Dec. 10 last year, and has been expanded since then from only baby formula to milk and nutritional productions for people of all ages.

According to international media reports, there have been some 37 reported cases of salmonella infections in infants, most of them in France, due to consumption of Lactalis products.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Kuan-lin Liu )