France – Nestlé recalls pizzas as officials suggest link to E. coli cases; 2 children dead

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Nestlé has recalled some frozen pizzas in France after authorities linked them to an outbreak of E. coli infections.

Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up pizzas have been withdrawn and recalled because of possible contamination by E. coli O26. Nestlé took action after being told about the presence of E. coli in dough used in the frozen pizzas.

Investigations by authorities into a number of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) cases have pointed to a possible connection with consumption of the frozen pizzas. HUS is a type of kidney failure  associated with E. coli infections that can result in lifelong, serious health problems and death.

In total, 27 cases of HUS or serious infection caused by E. coli with similar characteristics, have been identified, and 31 other infections are under investigation.

The sick children, aged from 1 to 18 years old with a median age of 5 and a half had symptoms between Jan. 10 and March 10, 2022. Two youngsters have died.

In France, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) surveillance is based only on HUS in children younger than 15, so it only catches the most severe cases of E. coli infection. It is unknown how many adults might be infected.

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