Buitoni pizzas: the “Bella Napoli” and “Stone oven” ranges called into question


A 34-year-old woman and a 7-year-old child respectively ate pizzas from these two different ranges and were contaminated with E.coli bacteria. The causal link is, however, not confirmed.

After the Fraîch’Up range of frozen pizzas, the “Bella Napoli” and “Stone ovenfrom Buitoni also be added to products contaminated with the E.coli bacteria? A complaint was filed, in this sense, this Wednesday, by a 34-year-old mother, with the Perpignan gendarmerie against Buitoni and Nestlé, owner of the brand, for “ unintentional injury ” and “endangering the life of others“.

On March 27, Christina consumed a frozen pizza from the “Bella Napoli“. Two days later, after the onset of symptoms such as vomiting and abdominal pain, she was hospitalized. His hospitalization will last six days. Medical analyzes conclude that she was contaminated by E.coli bacteria but also shigella. “ A month later, my client is still extremely tired “, puts forward his lawyer, Pierre Debuisson.

Causal link not confirmed

In his medical report, it is written:she did not travel, no consumption of uncooked products, consumption of Buitoni pizza, some batches of which were recalled for E.coli food poisoning“. “It was the doctors who asked us if we had eaten a Buitoni pizza in the previous days. We had not, until then, made the connectionexplains Eric, Christina’s husband.

However, the causal link is not confirmed. “ My client’s husband contacted the Departmental Directorate for Population Protection (DDPP), which transferred his request to the Regional Health Agency, but there was no reaction. The precautionary principle is being trampled on while these pizzas are still on sale“claims the lawyer. Contacted by Le Figaro on the opening of an investigation, the two organizations in charge of this type of investigation have, for the moment, not wished to respond. Same sound of bell on Eric’s side: “His pizzas need to be taken off the shelves. It is inadmissible that one can risk dying for having eaten a pizza“, he says, thinking of his 3 and a half year old son who could also have eaten it that day, with his mother. The impact of the E.coli bacterium is, indeed, stronger on children. In an email sent to Eric at the beginning of April, the DDPP ensures that it continues “his investigations“.

Maître Pierre Debuisson also plans to send, within a few days, a complaint to the Paris public prosecutor in the name and on behalf of his client. “ This should have the effect of extending the scope of the investigation which is already open “, explains Albane Lancrenon, lawyer specializing in business criminal law at De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés.

For her part, a seven-year-old girl residing in Vienne was hospitalized for two days in mid-March. The analyzes did indeed reveal contamination with E. coli bacteria. She had eaten a pizza from the range a few days earlier.Stone ovenby Buitoni, but again the causal link has not been confirmed. An investigation is also underway. “We will file a complaint“claims the family lawyer, Richard Legrand.

On March 22, an investigation for “manslaughter», «deception” and “endangering the life of othershas already been opened to the public health department of the Paris public prosecutor’s office. For the moment, 50 confirmed cases of hemolytic-uremic syndromes (HUS) and infections with E. coli bacteria producing shiga-toxin (STEC) linked to the consumption of pizzas from the “Fresh’Upof the Buitoni brand have been identified by Santé Publique France. 48 children and 2 adults were affected. A massive recall of these pizzas was launched in mid-March.


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