New Zealand dairy giant issues global botulism alert

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New Zealand dairy giant issues global botulism alert

Postby tankee » Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:03 pm

New Zealand warned international health authorities Saturday of exported dairy products, including infant formula, containing a bacteria that could lead to botulism -- a potentially fatal illness.

WELLINGTON: New Zealand warned international health authorities Saturday of exported dairy products, including infant formula, containing a bacteria that could lead to botulism -- a potentially fatal illness.

The government said the contaminated whey protein concentrate, or products using this ingredient, had been exported to Australia, China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Dairy giant Fonterra, which manufactured the product more than a year ago, said eight customers had been advised and were investigating whether any of the affected product was in their supply chains.

If necessary, contaminated consumer products would be recalled, the company said in a statement.

There have been no reports of any illness linked to consumption of the affected whey protein.

New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said health authorities around the world, including the World Health Organization, had also been alerted to the contamination.

"As soon as New Zealand authorities were notified of this risk, we immediately acted to inform relevant authorities around the world," Groser said.

"This has included formally notifying Infosan, the World Health Organization's international food safety regulators network. As more information on this issue is confirmed we will provide our trading partners with further updates.

"We understand that the markets to which contaminated whey protein concentrate, or products using this ingredient, has been exported are Australia, China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam."

Fonterra said the affected product was used in a range of drinks including infant formula and sports drinks.

"We are doing everything we can to assist our customers in ensuring any product containing this ingredient is removed from the marketplace and that the public is made aware," Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings said.

Dairy exports are New Zealand's major earner and its products are particularly popular in Asia, where they are considered the gold standard.

According to government data the dairy industry contributes 2.8 percent to New Zealand's GDP and is worth NZ$10.4 billion (US$8.1 billion) annually.

New Zealand accounts for one-third of the world's cross-border trade in dairy products.

- AFP/xq

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asi ... 64212.html

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Re: New Zealand dairy giant issues global botulism alert

Postby Jennifer » Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:11 pm

Thank you for sharing.

Hope how the contamination happened will be revealed.

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Dumex milk product recall - 4th Aug

Postby Daddy D » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:34 pm

https://www.facebook.com/dumexclub/post ... 9479907582]

4 August 2013

PRODUCT RECALL

FONTERRA INGREDIENT CONTAMINATION PROMPTS RECALL

Fonterra informed Danone Dumex that one of their ingredients had a potential quality issue. This information indicated that the ingredient supplied to us and in some of our products packed in Malaysia may have been contaminated.

For this reason, Danone Dumex is initiating a precautionary recall in Singapore on the following product:

-Product: Mamil Gold PreciNutri™ Step 2 (After 6 Months Follow-up Formula)
Product Pack size: 900g
Batch number (please see bottom of the product tins): FGMG2RG0900TNSG29 06043R1
Expiry Date: 4 June 2015

-Product: Mamil Gold PreciNutri™ Step 2 (After 6 Months Follow-up Formula)
Product Pack size: 1.6kg
Batch number (please see bottom of the product tins): FGMG2RG1600TNSG29 06053R1
Expiry Date: 5 June 2015

Please do not consume this product with the above detailed batch numbers. If you have been using this product with the above batch numbers and your child shows any sign of illness, please contact your health care professional as a precautionary measure.

The safety of our consumers is our primary concern. There have been no reports of any illness linked to the consumption of this product.

Danone Dumex’s quality and food safety management system includes rigorous testing procedures of our finished products. None of the products tested and sold in Singapore indicate any contamination. However, given the information supplied by Fonterra, we are initiating a precautionary recall on the above detailed product.

This recall affects only the batches detailed above, sold in Singapore.

The recall does not include other batches of the same product, or other products by Danone Dumex.

If consumers have recently purchased the product with the batch numbers detailed above (please see bottom of the product tins), please contact the Customer Careline 1800 265 3188 / careline@dumex.sg for a full refund or exchange.

Danone Dumex remains committed to providing food of the highest quality and integrity, and we are doing everything we can and providing as much information and support as possible.

Contact for parents and carers:
Customer Careline 1800 265 3188 / careline@dumex.sg


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Re: Dumex milk product recall - 4th Aug

Postby Jennifer » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:38 pm

:thankyou: for sharing.

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Re: Dumex milk product recall - 4th Aug

Postby Daddy D » Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:24 pm

ChiefKiasu wrote:I wonder if this is related to the New Zealand outbreak.


Apparently it is. :yikes: :faint:

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sin ... 65108.html

This comes after New Zealand's dairy exporter Fonterra informed Danone Dumex that one of its ingredients had a potential quality issue, which means some of Danone Dumex's products packed in Malaysia may have been contaminated...
On Saturday, New Zealand authorities had issued a warning on whey protein concentrate (WPC) products manufactured by Fonterra as they were suspected to be tainted with cancer-causing bacteria that can cause botulism -- a potentially fatal illness which affects muscles and can cause intestinal and respiratory problems.

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Re: Dumex milk product recall - 4th Aug

Postby Daddy D » Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:07 pm

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 84400.html

WELLINGTON, New Zealand—New Zealand's billion-dollar dairy industry was dealt a blow Saturday when Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd., the world's largest dairy exporter, said some of its product used in infant formula and sports drinks may contain a bacteria that could cause botulism, which can cause severe and even deadly food poisoning.

Fonterra said it has advised eight customers about a "quality issue" involving three batches of whey protein concentrate produced in a New Zealand manufacturing plant in May 2012. In total, 38 metric tons of primary ingredient were involved....



Don't have access to full article... Dunno who are the 8 affected customers involved...
No eyes to see...
:yikes: :faint:

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Re: Dumex milk product recall - 4th Aug

Postby ChiefKiasu » Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:09 pm

The thing is still unfolding, but is started to look rather serious. Hopefully, the tainted products can be quickly recalled before more damage can be done. We should all do our part to warn our friends with small children that might have bought some of these products. Kudos to Dumex for being transparent despite the obvious hit on their reputation.

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Re: New Zealand dairy giant issues global botulism alert

Postby patntee » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:09 am

Anyone knows how to check which products are affected in Malaysia? Since many Singaporeans buy milk powder and related products from JB? I don't buy formula milk from there but always buy their Yakult whenever we go.

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Re: New Zealand dairy giant issues global botulism alert

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Re: New Zealand dairy giant issues global botulism alert

Postby vinegar » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:13 am

breastmilk still the best.

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