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New members appointed to Fonterra WPC80 Inquiry Committee

An independent inquiry into the circumstances of quality issues with a whey protein concentrate (WPC80), announced by Fonterra’s Board early this week, is now underway. Inquiry Chairman and Fonterra Independent Director Sir Ralph Norris said the first Inquiry Committee meeting held yesterday had confirmed terms of reference for the Inquiry and noted the appointment by the Fonterra Board of a further independent member – Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Vice Chancellor of the ... more

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Fonterra confirms no affected product sent to Russia

Fonterra has confirmed that none of the potentially affected whey protein concentrate (WPC80) was supplied by Fonterra to Russia, Belarus or Kazakhstan. In addition, no Fonterra products sent to these countries used the affected whey protein concentrate as an ingredient. Fonterra is working closely with the authorities of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan to reassure them of the safety of its products. This follows last week’s precautionary recall in ... more

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Nutricia: We will bring back trust

Nutricia says it's still too early to say how badly its Karicare infant formula brand has been damaged by the Fonterra botulism contamination scare. At a press conference in Auckland yesterday, managing director Corine Tap said she had listened in to calls concerned parents had been making to the Karicare information line and had been "gratified" by their comments. Last week, the company recalled all Karicare Stage 1 new baby and Stage 2 Gold+ follow on formula in the New ... more

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Call for submissions on Application to use fungal chitosan as a processing aid

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today invited submissions on the use of chitosan as a processing aid in the production of wine, beer, cider, spirits and food grade ethanol. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said FSANZ had assessed the Application from the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia to include chitosan sourced from Aspergillus niger as a processing aid in the Food Standards Code. “Chitosan has a number of technical functions as a ... more

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Irradiated Australian tomatoes set to arrive in New Zealand stores

Tomatoes New Zealand today urged food retailers and the hospitality sector to label or indicate where imported irradiated Australian tomatoes are sold or served. Some of New Zealand’s retail food outlets are only days away from stocking their vegetable aisles with irradiated Australian tomatoes and capsicums, however many are unaware that they now have a responsibility to their customers to label the produce as irradiated. Tomatoes New Zealand is calling on those importing, ... more

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Fonterra welcomes New Zealand Governmentís confirmation of safety of New Zealand dairy products

Fonterra today welcomed the New Zealand Government’s confirmation that the quality issue involving whey protein concentrate is confined to the products made from three batches of WPC80 and no other New Zealand dairy products are affected. Fonterra Chief Executive Theo Spierings said: “Public safety is Fonterra’s number one priority. When we informed our customers and the Ministry for Primary Industries of the quality issue, we advised them that it was limited to three ... more

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Fonterra Chief Executive Spierings says 'sorry'

Fonterra Chief Executive Theo Spierings has apologised for the anxiety caused over the past few days by the quality issue involving three batches of potentially affected whey protein concentrate (WPC80). Mr Spierings briefed media in Auckland yesterday about why Fonterra alerted regulatory authorities, customers and the public about the product, and provided a detailed overview of what happened following its manufacture. “I understand the anxiety this issue has caused ... more

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Kiwi formula makerís sales spike in wake of crisis

A New Zealand owned infant formula manufacturer sold 26,000 tins of its formula in one day of trading as Kiwi supermarkets rushed to refill shelves left vacant by recalled product yesterday. Peak New Zealand, which manufactures and packs its products in NZ uses wet blend technology in the production process and remains unaffected by the crisis. The company’s CEO, Stephen Julian, says he sympathises with Kiwi parents who are confused about what products are safe to use and with ... more

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Formula scare: Key prepared to head to China

Prime Minister John Key says he is prepared to fly to China if he needs to in the wake of the Fonterra whey contamination scandal. Foreign Minister Murray McCully, and possibly Trade Minister Tim Groser, will visit China in a few weeks, Mr Key said today. "If it's required I would also go.'' His comments come as it emerged a ship carrying a batch of infant formula was intercepted overnight in the Tasman Sea, to make sure the product it carried did not make it onto shelves. ... more

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Infant Nutrition Council statement on Karicare recall

The Infant Nutrition Council (INC) today reassured consumers in New Zealand and Australia that infant formula companies have the safety of their products as a number one priority. On 2 August an advice was issued regarding a quality issue involving infant formula products made with an ingredient produced in New Zealand, leading to the precautionary recall of three batches of Karicare infant formula in New Zealand (see note below for specific details). INC CEO Jan Carey says, "The ... more

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