Home / Lifestyle / News

Fonterra milk contamination scare in 2013 | Updated: 2014-03-19 15:04

Chinese consumers' passion for New Zealand's dairy products suffered a major hiccup in August last year. The loss in confidence followed a recall of tons of dairy powder products sold by New Zealand-based dairy producer Fonterra.

Tests had shown some of the products contained a bacteria that can cause botulism. The contaminated whey products had been sold to third parties that use them to produce infant formula and sports drinks.

Approximately a thousand tons of consumer products were affected by the recall in seven countries. Four Chinese manufacturers; Dumex Baby Food Company, two subsidiaries of beverage manufacturer Wahaha Group, and Shanghai Sugar, Tobacco and Alcohol; had used the potentially contaminated products. Coca-Cola’s Chinese subsidiary was also affected. China’s food safety authorities ordered importers to recall any potentially infected products and blocked imports of all milk powder products from New Zealand.

There were no reported cases of consumers sickened after consuming products that had been recalled. Subsequent testing in New Zealand later found that Fonterra’s products did not contain the botulism-causing bacteria. China imports 1.9 billion dollars worth of dairy products of all types every year, 90 percent of which originates in New Zealand.

Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349