a former security manager had alerted her management, to no avail

This international head of food safety at Nestlé from 2000 to 2010 tells BFMTV about unethical practices.

In the Buitoni frozen pizza case, the complaints keep coming two months after a product recall campaign. And a testimony of weight overwhelms today Nestlé, the parent company of Buitoni.

BFMTV has indeed found Yasmine Motarjemi, senior executive of the Swiss giant, international manager of food safety at Nestlé from 2000 to 2010. She talks about practices that go against all ethics.

“They had linked the bonus, the managers’ bonus to product withdrawals. This means that if you withdraw a contaminated product, we withdraw a defective product from the market, you will not receive your bonus”, she denounces.

Dismissed for “difference of opinion”

This manager will tour the group’s factories for ten years and says she has alerted her superiors to the safety problems she has observed. In vain.

Example with this visit where Yasmine Motarjemi notices that the workers return with their work clothes in the toilets. “And there, lightning fell on me: ‘why are you asking this question? You don’t understand the business…” she explains.

As a result, she was fired by Nestlé in 2010 for “divergence of opinion” in the management of food safety.

It should be recalled that two months after the first recall of the products by Buitoni, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced theopening of a judicial investigation.

Today, authorities are investigating 15 cases, one case of manslaughter and 14 cases of unintentional injury. A figure set to evolve rapidly as complaints are filed “a bit everywhere in France”, notes a source to BFMTV.

Olivier Chicheportiche Journalist BFM Business

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