>> One of the world's largest daily group has come under fire for it's slow response to a salmonella outbreak. French company Lactalis has promised to compensate victims after three dozen children in France and two other overseas fell ill as a result of a contamination in it's baby milk.
Some of their families a planning a raft of lawsuits. Last week, Lactalis widened a product recall of millions of tins of its baby milk in more than 80 countries. Reuters Paris based corespondent Gus Trompiz says its response has been widely criticized.>> It's a closely held family firm and it doesn't talk willingly to the media.
So this crisis has put a spotlight on the company. It has preceded by steps to recall products from the factory in North West France which was at the source of the contamination. But it has been blamed by the government for dragging its feet and being too slow to act.
>> The French government has also pointed the finger at retailers, and some families are planning legal action against supermarket chains after potentially tainted products remained on shelves despite the recall. Salmonella infections can be life threatening. The fallout from this health scare risks damaging France's reputation abroad.>> The company itself is being blamed by the authorities, it's being blamed by retailers, and also by consumer groups.
At the same time, there's a wider impact on France and it's dairy sector. Only last week President Macron was in China on a state visit, and French food exports was one of the priorities of his visit. So this obviously reflects badly on the reputation of the French dairy sector and the French food industry as a whole.
>> A judicial investigation is underway to determine exactly who is to blame.