Fonterra recalls cheese products

By Ankush Chibber

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Fonterra recalls cheese products
The New Zealand-based dairy giant Fonterra has announced a recall of its cheese products that are being sold in the Australian market, it said in a statement issued this week.

In a statement issued on September 20, Fonterra Brands (New Zealand) Ltd (FBNZ) said that it was conducting a voluntary recall of the certain batches of Mainland Tasty Block cheese products, including the 500g, 700g, and 1 kg variants.

In a follow-up statement issued on September 21, Fonterra Brands (Australia) Pty Ltd also said that conducting a voluntary recall of select batches of Mainland Extra Tasty block 200gm and 400gm variants.

Alex Stevens, managing director, Fonterra Brands Australia, said that the recall was a result of the detection of a metal fragment found in a single pack, but there have were no reports of anyone being injured or becoming ill.

“The voluntary recall is a precautionary measure as there can be no compromise when it comes to product quality or the health and safety of our consumers,”​ he said in the statement.

In another statement issued September 22, Fonterra said that it was extending the products covered by a voluntary recall of some Mainland cheese products.

“On Tuesday, as a precautionary measure, we announced the voluntary recall of three products following the detection of a metal fragment found in a single pack,”​ said Dominic Quin, FBNZ general manager for marketing and innovation.

“On further investigation, we have found that a small amount of the relevant cheese was further blended and processed into flavoured individually wrapped slices. As a result there is a very small possibility that these products could also be affected,”​ he added.

Quinn added that there was still only been one report of a metal fragment in the cheese, and that consumers have been advised not to consume the products but should return them to the point of purchase for a full refund.

According to the statement, food recall notices have been placed in daily newspapers across New Zealand this week and authorities have been notified.

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