France – Nestlé allowed to restart pizza plant linked to deadly E. coli outbreak

Food Safety News

Nestlé has been given permission to partially reopen a plant in France where pizzas behind a serious E. coli outbreak were made.

French officials from the Nord area of the country in the Hauts-de-France region gave the green light this past week for operations to restart at the Buitoni factory in Caudry.

Approval only applies to production of pizzas with cooked dough. The line making pizzas with no re-baking of dough, such as the Fraîch’Up range, will not restart yet.

Fraîch’Up frozen pizzas were the source of the largest E. coli-HUS outbreak ever documented in France. 

One element of the plan to restart has included the dismantling and cleaning of 19,000 parts on the production line.

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