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Food safety report spurs government action

John Kerr posted in on December 12th, 2013.

An independent report into the Fonterra botulism scare has been released and the central government has accepted the recommendations put forward. The government this week released the report on the first stage of the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination Incident and said it will accept in principle all 29 recommendations. The report’s […]

Fonterra’s false alarm – what are Clostridium sporogenes?

Peter Griffin posted in on August 28th, 2013.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has completed testing on Fonterra’s whey protein concentrate and found no trace of the potentially deadly Clostridium botulinum, but Clostridium sporogenes which at worst could be responsible for food spoilage, but pose no risk to human health. MPI will soon release a full diagnostics report. MPI’s acting director-general Scott Gallacher […]

‘How safe is our food?’ – Sunday Star Times

John Kerr posted in on August 12th, 2013.

In the wake of Fonterra’s contamination scare, Adam Dudding takes a big picture look at food safety in New Zealand for the Sunday Star Times. An excerpt (read in full here): How safe is our food really? We eat food that could have been grown almost anywhere on the planet, by people we’ll never meet, […]

Infant formula and botulism – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 5th, 2013.

Over the weekend, Fonterra confirmed Clostridium botulinum contamination of milk whey protein from the milk giant’s Hautapu manufacturing facility, prompting the Ministry for Primary Industries to issue a warning not to use certain brands of infant formula in New Zealand for fear of it containing the potentially harmful bacteria. The Ministry of Health has so far received no case notifications of babies […]

Concern over DCD in milk – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on January 28th, 2013.

Traces of the agricultural compound DCD in New Zealand milk are not a direct cause for concern, says an agriculture expert. Small amounts of dicyandiamide (DCD), a compound used to prevent nitrogen leaching in pasture, are detectable in New Zealand milk products. Following concerns that the presence of trace amounts of DCD in milk could […]

School milk may lower colorectal cancer risk – NZ research

John Kerr posted in on December 16th, 2011.

A recent study suggests that historical milk-in-schools programmes – similar to the planned initiative announced by Fonterra today – may have played a role in preventing colon cancer in New Zealand. Today dairy cooperative Fonterra announced they will be launching a free milk in schools pilot programme, covering 110 schools in Northland during the first […]

Melamine and its impact on the body

Peter Griffin posted in on September 17th, 2008.

Chinese officials continue to deal with the aftermath of over 1250 babies falling ill and two dying after consuming tainted milk powder sold by Sanlu, a Chinese manufacturer part-owned by New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra. The scandal has led to worldwide scrutiny of Chinese milk products and revived worries about melamine, a chemical used in […]

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