Le smartphone? France has another term in mind

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Even French President Emmanuel Macron checks his 'mobile multifonction'. Smartphones may have become ubiquitous in France, but the country's language mavens hope there's still time to keep the word from becoming ensconced in everyday speech. The Enrichment Commission for the French Language has come up with what it considers a more suitable expression: "le mobile multifonction", or the multifunction cellphone. It doesn't exactly trip off the tongue, but it fits with the commission's remit: Keep foreign words out of French. The ruling was published in France's official journal on Friday, meaning that government texts will have to use the new term. It annuls and replaces "terminal de poche", required -- in theory at least -- since 2009. A 'mobile multifonction' also comes in handy to take a selfie with the Eiffel Tower. The commission, which works hand in hand with the language guardians at the Academie Francaise, also advised "reseau dorsal" for backbone network and "fibronique" for fiber optics.

Govt overseeing withdrawal of French baby food

Govt overseeing withdrawal of French baby food

JS International, the importer and distributor of the brand produced by French dairy group Lactalis, has already started withdrawing the products from the market, BFSA Secretary Dr Md Khaled Hussain told The Daily Star today.

Not all the products have been withdrawn yet. Some are still there in the market. We are monitoring it," he said.

The move came after a salmonella scandal at French company Lactalis affected 83 countries, including Bangladesh, according to reports of agencies.

BFSA earlier issued notice saying Lactalis baby milk formula -- Baby Care 3, Baby Care MF, Milumel, Picot and Celia Brand -- have been found with salmonella.

The importer and distributor of the products were asked to withdraw it from the market. The authority also asked consumers not to buy and use it.

AFP reports that twelve million boxes of powdered baby milk are being recalled from these countries, the company's CEO said yesterday in an interview with French media.

salmonella is one of four key global causes of diarrhoeal diseases.

Most cases of salmonellosis are mild; however, sometimes it can be life-threatening. The severity of the disease depends on host factors and the serotype of salmonella.

Antimicrobial resistance is a global public health concern and Salmonella is one of the microorganisms in which some resistant serotypes have emerged, affecting the food chain.

Basic food hygiene practices, such as "cook thoroughly", are recommended as a preventive measure against salmonellosis.


French salmonella baby milk scandal 'affects 83 countries'

French salmonella baby milk scandal 'affects 83 countries'

A salmonella scandal at French dairy group Lactalis has affected 83 countries, where 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk are being recalled, the company's CEO said Sunday in an interview with French media.

We must take account the scale of this operation: more than 12 million boxes are affected," he said, adding that distributors would no longer have to sort through the produce to find the contaminated powder. They know that everything has to be removed from the shelves," Emmanuel Besnier said.

Besnier, scion of the secretive family behind one of the world's biggest dairy groups, promised compensation for all the families affected.

He said that the consequences of this health crisis for consumers, including babies under six months, were at the forefront of his mind. It is for us, for me, a great concern," he told the Journal du Dimanche.

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the group by families who say their children got salmonella poisoning after drinking powdered milk made by the company.

So far French officials have reported 35 cases of infants getting salmonella from the powder, while one case has been reported in Spain and another is being investigated in Greece.

An association representing victims says the authorities are underestimating the number of cases.

There are complaints and there will be an investigation with which we will fully collaborate. We never thought to act otherwise," Besnier said.

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