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Fonterra apologises for milk powder contamination scare

Monday, August 05, 2013 - 01:25

Aug. 5 - New Zealand's Fonterra apologises for a milk powder contamination scare in China that threaten its business. Sophia Soo reports.

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Fonterra's CEO flew into China to personally apologise for the milk powder contamination scare. The world's biggest dairy exporter, said it had found bacteria in some products that could cause botulism. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FONTERRA CHIEF EXECUTIVE THEO SPIERINGS SAYING: "In this situation, we apologize, we deeply apologize to the people who have been affected by the issue, to guarantee to you that food safety and the safety of the people of the (People's) Republic of China and also around the world is our first and foremost interest." Theo Spierings reassured the products are safe because any bacteria would be killed during processing (SOUNDBITE) (English) FONTERRA CHIEF EXECUTIVE THEO SPIERINGS SAYING: "None of the products tested and sold in China indicated any contamination and in addition there has been no report of health issues and no consumer complaints received by Dumex China related to these batches." He also said the problem originated in a pipe in a factory in New Zealand that was seldom used, so normal cleaning was not sufficient to sanitize it. New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key earlier criticised Fonterra saying they should have taken a more "precautionary view".

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Fonterra apologises for milk powder contamination scare

Monday, August 05, 2013 - 01:25