– Nestlé France’s CEO has announced financial support for the victims
The CEO of Nestlé France has apologized to the families of those affected by the deaths of two children suspected of eating beutoni frozen pizzas.
In an interview published online Monday evening, Nestlé France boss Christophe Cornu expressed his “apology” to the families of children affected by the contamination linked to the consumption of Futoni frozen pizzas and announced the creation of a “victim support fund”. “Figaro” platform.
“Today I want to express my deepest sympathy and apologize,” Christophe Cornu said in this interview, lamenting “a human tragedy that affects families and children.”
On March 18, Nestlé closed two pizza manufacturing plants. Nord Prefecture banned the operation of a beutoni factory in Caudry (Nord) by order on April 1st after health authorities announced a link between the consumption of Fraich’up pizzas and several serious contaminations by Escherichia coli. .
“Help for Affected Families”
“We have decided to create a support fund for people suffering from HUS” (hemolytic and uremic syndrome), announced Christophe Cornu, without disclosing how much he was going to allocate for it.
“This does not in any way change the compensation that justice can determine. Established on September 1, it will be managed by a reliable third party, which we are in the process of selecting. It is possible to provide assistance to these affected families who, beyond suffering, may also face financial problems such as loss of income,” he notes.
Regarding the origin of the contamination, the boss notes that “if we do not rule out any hypothesis of bacterial origin at this point, we are currently continuing an in-depth investigation of the flours used in the Fraîch’Up line”. Nestlé France insists that “for now, it’s only a suspicion,” while analyzes will take several weeks, according to the daily.
“Say all the answers”
“I can’t promise the end date of the investigation, but I promise to provide all the answers as soon as we know more,” he said. Guarantees the leader. Regarding the restart of the Caudry factory, Christophe Cornu notes that “the Fraîch’Up line will not be restarted until all the light on the origin of the bacteria comes to light”.
“Especially in the other line that produces four à Pierre pizzas and has never been affected by the recall, it is difficult to imagine reopening before November 2022. We are working with the authorities on the protocol for reopening the factory. He will answer all the questions raised by the decree of the governor on April 1,” the president assures. .
Pizzas from Petoni’s Fry Up range are suspected of being responsible for the deaths of two children. A judicial inquiry was opened specifically for voluntary manslaughter against one person, voluntary injuries against 14 persons, placing on the market a substance dangerous to health and endangering others. A judicial inquiry is underway in Paris, particularly for manslaughter and self-inflicted wounds.