News | Rural
19 Apr 2014 9:29
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Videos
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • Auctions
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Rural

    Coca Cola recalls botulism scare product

    Coca Cola has recalled product in China after notification from Fonterra that it had received an ingredient contaminated with botulism-linked bacteria.


    Two of the world's leading food and drink brands, Coca Cola and Danone, are recalling products following notification by New Zealand dairy producer Fonterra that they received an ingredient that included bacteria associated with the potentially fatal disease botulism.

    A contaminated 38-tonne batch of dried whey protein concentrate, an ingredient in infant formula and sports drinks, has been used in products in seven countries including New Zealand.

    At this stage, Danone has issued recalls of products on shop shelves in China and some of its Nutricia formula products New Zealand, while Coca Cola and another drinks company Wahaha Healthfood have also recalled product in China.

    Three animal feed companies in New Zealand and Australia, including Fonterra subsidiary NZ AgriBiz, have either issued recalls or contacted customers. An unnamed Vietnamese company has also taken action.

    Coca Cola, Danone and Wahaha all believe heat and other treatments in the manufacturing process for their products will have neutralised any threat to human health from the presence of the bacteria in the Fonterra product.

    Media reports that Russia had banned all NZ dairy products were at this stage "unconfirmed," said Gary Romano, the general manager for Fonterra subsidiary NZ Milk Products.

    Produced in May last year, the batch contained clostridium botulinum, a rare and dangerous form of a commonly found bacteria in the dairy industry. Its contamination only came to light in March, when Fonterra went to use some of the batch, and long after it had been shipped to foreign customers.

    No Fonterra brand product has been affected, and fresh cheese, milk, and yoghurt are unaffected.

    The Chinese food safety authority, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, has ordered products containing Fonterra ingredients off supermarket shelves in China.

    Much of contaminated batch of concentrate was shipped after manufacture in May last year to eight customers in six countries: Australia, China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam, Trade Minister Tim Groser revealed this weekend.


    © 2014 NZN, NZCity

     Other Rural News
     09 Apr: Fonterra grabs Dutchman for global role
     04 Apr: Fonterra fined $300,000 for botulism scare
     26 Mar: Profit down for dairy giant Fonterra
     23 Mar: Fonterra food scare helps Ireland
     14 Mar: Fed Farmers pleased by Fonterra's actions
     13 Mar: Fonterra accepts charges over scare
     07 Mar: Fonterra expects higher milk volumes
     Top Stories

    World club plan faces hurdle: Carter More...

    ACT criticises Easter trading laws More...

     Today's News

    Miley Cyrus is "miserable" in hospital. 9:10

    Wild weather eases, clean up continues 8:57

    P. Diddy can't wait to be honoured by his former university despite backlash from students. 8:40

    Bruce Jenner accompanied his estranged wife to a hospital on Wednesday morning. 8:10

    Accident and Emergency:
    Pukekohe crash victim named 7:47

    Alicia Silverstone refuses to give her son medicine. 7:40

    Rugby League:
    Obstruction controversy mars Manly NRL win 7:37

    Rugby League:
    Griffin praises players for NRL turnaround 7:27

    Rugby League:
    Barba stars as Broncos down Knights in NRL 7:17

    Lamar Odom is ready to sign his divorce papers. 7:10

     News Search

    Power Search

    Click for info on advertising with WebAds
    © 2014 New Zealand City Ltd