Lactalis, a group accustomed to secrecy, forced out of its silence

A press conference from its offices in the tour Montparnasse. The exercise is for the less unusual for the Lactalis group, as this giant dairy is a follower of the cult of secrecy. The sign that the situation is serious. “We’ve never experienced an event of this nature “, was recognized Michel Nalet, director of external relations of the company, which was attended by journalists Thursday, 11 January in the afternoon.

A meeting organized an impromptu, at the same time the case of products infant contaminated with salmonella, which splashes Lactalis for over a month, began to take a turn in policy.

Barely off the plane bringing him back from the trip to the presidential China, the minister of economics had convened the press on Thursday in the late morning. And he did not mince his words. “The case of Lactalis is serious and has given rise to unacceptable behaviour which should be sanctioned “, said Bruno Le Maire. Requesting accounts at the food group, he has denounced a “major failure” and a ” failing firm “. A little later, the president, Emmanuel Macron, on the move in Italy for a mini-european summit, he pushed the nail, promising that ” if sanctions should be taken, they will be taken “.

A heavyweight in the global agri-food

Reviews very bright that Lactalis seems to remain deaf. The spokesperson has assured that his group had worked since December, ” in perfect collaboration with all the authorities.” Denial of reality ? Attempt to minimize the crisis ? Feeling of omnipotence ?

Since the case was lodged on 2 December, in the weekend, by an alert de Bercy, announcing the withdrawal of twelve batches of infant formula manufactured in the factory Lactalis of Craon (Mayenne) and likely to be contaminated with salmonella,…

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