“Drier Two”, the world’s largest milk powder drier kicked into gear last week at Fonterra’s Darfield site in New Zealand to produce its first batches of whole milk powder, which will be exported to more than 20 markets across the world, including the Middle East, China and Southeast Asia.
The longstanding dairy relationship between China and New Zealand ought not to have worked so well, but it has, and will continue to, in spite of two substantial safety scares this year alone.
Danone-owned Nutricia has rubbished reports that it is considering legal action against Fonterra over the false whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism alarm that led it to recall 67,000 units of Karicare infant formula in New Zealand.
The news that there was no botulism risk from Fonterra’s batches of whey will come as a huge relief to the company and consumers around world, according to New Zealand Food & Grocery Council chief executive and FoodNavigator-Asia commentator Katherine Rich.
New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries have confirmed the scare surrounding contaminated whey protein concentrate supplied by dairy giant Fonterra was a false alarm.
Fonterra has rubbished reports that four Sri Lanka-based executives have been summoned to face contempt of court charges over the company's alleged failure to comply with a ban on the sale and advertising of its milk products in the country.
Fueled by growing health concerns and new-found awareness of lactose intolerance among the consumers, India’s non-dairy toppings segment is growing in strength.
A move by Chinese authorities to begin a pilot scheme that will eventually require all baby formula sold in the country to be distributed by pharmacies or equivalent stores has been criticised for not addressing the real problem of safety.
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The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is considering the provisional implementation of stricter food safety measures in the dairy industry following a recent spate of high-profile product contamination cases.
According to the chief of India’s biggest dairy exporter, India’s milk product exports could jump my more than one-half this year in light of China’s fractured relationship with New Zealand following the latest Fonterra crisis.
Fonterra has placed two senior managers “on leave” in the midst of an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the recent Clostridium botulinum whey protein concentrate (WPC) contamination scare.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed new standards for infant nutrition, substitute foods, fortified atta (flour) and ingredients as part of a wide overhaul of its standards.
Stevia supplier GLG Lifetech is working with China’s largest food company - state-owned COFCO (China National Cereals, Oils, and Foodstuffs Corporation) - on three major healthy food and beverage formulation projects.
Fonterra NZ Milk Products boss, Gary Romano, has resigned “with immediate effect” less than two weeks after news broke that 38 tonnes of whey protein concentrate (WPC) manufactured by the company could be contaminated with botulism-causing Clostridium botulinum.
The tone of Theo Spierings, chief executive of Fonterra, changed from mea culpa earlier in the week to defiance last night as he assured New Zealanders that Chinese authorities and consumers had “appreciated” the speed with which Fonterra had acted to resolve the botulism crisis.
China has issued fines totalling RMB 669m ($110m, €82m) to six companies, including Mead Johnson Nutrition, Danone Dumex, and Fonterra, following an investigation into price fixing and suspected anti-monopoly law violations by infant formula manufacturers in the country.
With Fonterra’s contamination crisis unlikely to die down soon, the fall-out in China is likely to have more of a lingering impact on New Zealand’s continuing trade with the country than it will on Fonterra, say industry experts.
As Fonterra battles for its reputation in countries that have received batches of its whey protein concentrate contaminated with the C. botulinum bacterium, it is also facing a fight on the home front. Questions are already being asked about the speed with which the world's biggest dairy exporter has reacted to the crisis, and how it has provided information to New Zealand's authorities.
Fonterra, the diary major at the centre of the C. botulinum scare concerning several batches of whey protein concentrate used to manufacture Nutricia’s Karicare infact formula, has confirmed that Chinese authorities have temporarily suspended the import of some diary powder products into the country.