French Baby milk producers, Lactalis, have recalled millions of products from across the world, with fears of salmonella contamination, as reported by abc13.com.
The news comes, after a reported 26 infants have become sick since the beginning of the month. This lead to warnings from health authorities in France to recall the products potentially affected.
The recall, according to a list published on the website of the French Health ministry, affects customers in areas such as Britain, Greece, Morocco, Sudan, Columbia, China, Pakistan and Bangladesh, though American supplies are not affected.
A spokesperson for Lactalis, Michel Nalet, said the recalls were a “precautionary” measure and said it involves “several million” products, which were produced from February onwards. It was confirmed by the company that reported 26 cases of the infection, were due to products branded as Picot SL, Pepti Junior 1, Picot Riz and Milumel Bio 1.
The French dairy giants have issued an apology for the contamination and those children who became ill as a result. They said they are "sincerely sorry for the concern generated by the situation and expresses its compassion and support to the families whose children fell ill."
The source of the outbreak, the company says, has been identified in a tower, which they use to dry out milk. They have already put disinfection and cleaning measures in place at the site.
Symptoms of salmonella infection vary from diarrhea, to fever to abdominal cramps and it can be particularly dangerous for children.