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France’s finance minister has threatened to levy sanctions after major supermarkets admitted selling possibly contaminated baby milk.

Retailers Carrefour and Leclerc have admitted selling products from the dairy group Lactalis that were supposed to be recalled over a Salmonella scare.

At a news conference in Rome, President Emmanuel Macron also called for those responsible to be punished, and insisted that France was able to ensure food security.

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Lactalis, one of the world’s largest producers of dairy products, issued a recall in December for of all products made at its factory in Craon in north-west France, after discovering salmonella bacteria at the site.

“This is a major dysfunction in the withdrawal and recall by the operators, who bear responsibility,” Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert told reporters.