48 children and 2 adults developed symptoms related to the consumption of Fraîch’Up pizzas, according to the latest studies revealed by Public Health France.
The investigations are progressing. On April 6, 2020, 50 confirmed cases of hemolytic uremic syndromes (HUS) and infections with shigatoxin-producing E. coli bacteria (STEC) linked to the consumption of Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up pizzas were identified by the French public . 48 children and 2 adults were affected. A massive recall of these pizzas was launched in mid-March.
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The 48 sick children are aged 1 to 17 years with a median age of 7 years; 20 (42%) are female; 43 (90%) presented with HUS, 5 (10%) with STEC gastroenteritis. Two children died. The 2 adults are over 90 years old; one presented with HUS, the other with STEC gastroenteritis.
These 50 cases occurred in 11 regions of metropolitan France: Hauts-de-France (11 cases), New Aquitaine (8 cases), Pays de la Loire (7 cases), Brittany (6 cases), Ile-de- France (6 cases), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (3 cases), Bourgogne Franche-Comté (2 cases), Grand Est (2 cases), Occitanie (2 cases), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (2 cases) and Center Val-de-Loire (1 case) (Figure 2).
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†The number of HUS cases linked to the consumption of these pizzas appears to be stabilizing“, specifies Public Health France. Investigations are underway for 25 other cases of HUS and STEC infections reported to Public Health France.
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David, whose two sons, aged 7 and 2 and a half, were both on HUS contracts, received an email from Santé Publique France on Thursday confirming that these children had indeed been infected with a Buitoni pizza they had shared. . They do “many of the grouped cases of HUS and E. Coli infections for which we found an association with the consumption of Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up pizza“, it says in the email.
†My oldest son suffered minor kidney damage, but he has to be followed for five years and he missed more than a month of schoolExplains this 38-year-old father, who lives in Alsace and plans to take legal action.
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An investigation into “manslaughter†disappointment” and “endanger otherswas opened, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Friday, at the request of AFP. This investigation, conducted by the Public Health Center of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Paris, has been open since March 22.
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