Rwanda bans Lactalis Group products over health concerns
Written by: George Kalisa
Monday, January 22nd, 2018, 18:44
Rwanda's Minister of Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba confirmed to The Light Magazine that her government after thorough inspection has stopped with immediate effect all infant milk and other related cereals for children manufactured by a French firm, Lactalis Group, citing serious health concerns and threats resulting from contamination with salmonella agona.
The minister said they based their research and directive on the information by the international Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) and the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety that called all infant formula, cereals and specialized nutrition products for children manufactured by Lactalis Group in France. According to the statement dated January 21, 2018 a copy of which The Light Magazine saw parents are requested not to continue giving children the products.
“Reference to an inspection conducted by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Rwanda National Police and Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) that revealed presence of some of the above mentioned products on the Rwanda market the ministry of health would like to bring to the attention of the general public information that all persons in possession of these product are requested to urgently stop giving them to children and return them where they bought them or to RSB office.”
The announcement requests traders in possession of Lactalis Group products to stop distribution and take them to RBS. Further trade in the products is prohibited.
“It is prohibited to import and sell the above incriminated products and any person whose child has been given the products are urgently requested to visit a nearby health facility,” the announcement reads in parts.
Symptoms include diarrhea, fever stomach and pain.
The ministry calls on the local leaders, the police RSB and Rwanda Revenue Authority to help enforce the directive.
Brands like Milumel, Picot, Tarani and Delical could contain salmonella agona which is linked to serious infection, the ministry warned.