Keyword: Lactalis

France's Lactalis faces lawsuits over contaminated milk powder

Hundreds of families say their children got salmonella poisoning after drinking powdered milk made by the French dairy giant.

Lactolis recalls more baby milk batches over Salmonella contamination

Dairy group Lactalis has issued a second recall of its infant formulas sold in France and more than 47 other countries after the discovery of the source of contamination of products at its north-west France plant by the Salmonella Agona strain, which is known to have infected at least 16 infants. 

How biggest polluters earn most from EU farm subsidies

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Farmers protesting outside the headquarters of dairy firm Lactalis, at Laval, central-west France, August 23rd. ©Reuters Farmers protesting outside the headquarters of dairy firm Lactalis, at Laval, central-west France, August 23rd. ©Reuters

As European farm ministers met earlier this month at a château in France's Loire Valley to reframe EU agricultural policy, a detailed study of European farm aid has revealed a major contradiction right at the heart of that policy; that the most polluting farms actually receive the most cash from subsidies. And amid French farmers' protests against falling prices and shrivelling incomes, the study also showed that in the current economic context, the usual strategy of continually boosting production is no longer an option. Jade Lindgaard reports.

The grim battle for survival facing France's dairy farmers

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One of the protesters, Adrien, in front of the headquarters of dairy group Lactalis. © Laurent Geslin One of the protesters, Adrien, in front of the headquarters of dairy group Lactalis. © Laurent Geslin

After a bitter dispute lasting more than a week, the giant French dairy group Lactalis has finally agreed to pay its dairy farmers higher prices for their milk. However, the anger of the protests has once again highlighted the desperate plight of many dairy farmers in France. As Laurent Geslin reports, an entire way of life is in danger of disappearing as smaller-scale farmers find it increasingly hard to make a living.

French farmers step up pressure on Lactalis to pay more for milk

Farmers mounted a picket of the company's headquarters in western France on Monday, when it said it is ready to negotiate over milk prices.