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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 […]

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 […]

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