Food insecurity: “The public authorities have a great deal of responsibility”


INTERVIEW – Olivier Andrault is an agri-food engineer, in charge of the food mission at UFC-Que Choisir. It details several points lacking in food safety procedures.

LE FIGARO. – Rodents in the Buitoni factory in Caudry, food on the ground for several days… How is this possible?

Olivier ANDRAULT. – It is unacceptable to find such a situation in a factory intended for the mass production of food products commonly consumed by all consumer profiles, especially children. And what is more in a structure belonging to a large international group. Pizza is also a very fragile product from a microbiological point of view: in addition to the dough, it combines the risks induced by meat, plant and dairy products, each of which has specific germs.

Not having absolutely perfect hygiene and impeccable cleaning procedures puts consumers at risk. However, the two inspection missions carried out on March 22 and 29 revealed a degraded level of hygiene control in the factory. Potentially, these are bacteriological bombs that consumers…

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