In a poll broadcast this Saturday on France Inter, factory employees say that production times have practically doubled since 2015 while cleaning times have drastically decreased.
Nestlé France said on Saturday that the time spent cleaning production lines at the Buitoni plant in Caudry (North), at the center of a health scandal, hasn’t changed since “the internalization of cleaningin 2015, reacting to employee statements issued by France Inter.
“At the end of each production cycle, the lines are completely stopped and cleaned according to a rigorous process lasting 4 hours and 45 minutes, including a cleaning phase, then disinfection and finally rinsing with water, whose effectiveness is controlled by systematic microbiological sampling. in several strategic areas of the site“, A spokesman for the group told AFP. In a poll aired on Saturday on France Inter, employees at the Caudry pizza manufacturing plant say that production times have practically doubled since 2015 while cleaning times have drastically decreased, going. “from 8:00 to 4:45” per day.
An open judicial investigation
If Nestlé does not dispute that duration, it says the actual cleaning time has not changed: prior to 2015, an external service provider was in charge of cleaning, which took place between 11pm and 5am, with a team of five. ; since internalization, at least ten people have been assigned to housekeeping, in a shorter period, it was explained. This Buitoni factory in Caudry is at the center of one of the worst health scandals of recent years in France.
On March 18, Nestlé closed two production lines. On April 1, the prefecture of the North banned the operation of the Caudry plant, after health authorities announced that they had established a link between the consumption of Fraich’Up pizzas and several serious cases of contamination by the bacterium Escherichia coli . These pizzas are suspected to have caused the deaths of two children. The judicial information was opened in particular for manslaughter and involuntary injury, as well as for the marketing of a product dangerous to health and dangerous for others.
In mid-July, Nestlé France boss Christophe Cornu presented his “apologiesto the families of children affected by the contamination and announced the creation of a “victim support fundin an interview with Figaro.
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