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Reality of ‘botulism scare’ only understood once it is put in context

Julian Baggini is one of my favourite thinkers, and his entertaining and thought-provoking book, Do They Think You Are Stupid: 100 Ways Of Spotting Spin And Nonsense From The Media,...

Fonterra suspends senior managers over WPC botulism scare

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....

Fonterra NZ Milk Products MD resigns in midst of botulism scare

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...

Fonterra slams Sri Lankan DCD testing after milk powder recall

Fonterra has challenged the accuracy of Sri Lankan tests for agricultural chemical, dicyandiamide (DCD), after it was ordered to pull two batches of apparently contaminated milk powder from shelves in...

NZ launches probe into Fonterra WPC Clostridium botulinum crisis

The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has launched a "compliance investigation" into Fonterra’s recent whey protein concentrate (WPC) Clostridium botulinum contamination scare.

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Spierings claims Chinese ‘appreciated’ Fonterra's response to crisis

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...

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Crisis will harm New Zealand more than Fonterra

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...

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In pics: Questions asked about Fonterra's C. botulinum crisis timeline

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...

Contamination crisis

China issues limited Fonterra ban, Russian reports rubbished

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...

Fonterra botulism alert: Dairy giant slams China import ban reports

Fonterra has slammed reports that China has closed its borders to New Zealand dairy products amidst concerns that three batches of whey protein concentrate (WPC) produced by the company are...

Fonterra issues botulism warning to whey protein concentrate customers

Fonterra has issued a food safety warning to several customers, including an infant formula manufacturer, over concerns that Clostridium Botulinum-contaminated whey protein concentrate (WPC) may have entered the supply chain.

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Fonterra and IOF fund Indonesian female osteoporosis research

Fonterra has teamed up with the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) to fund research to examine the prevalence of low bone mineral density (BMD) among young women in Indonesia.

Drought-hit Fonterra cuts 2013 profits forecast

Fonterra has lowered its profits forecast for fiscal year (FY) 2013 by almost NZ$80m (US$64m, €49m) to account for the impact of this year’s drought.

Fonterra Light-Proof milk bottle escapes 'Worst Packaging Award' shame

Fonterra’s Light Proof milk bottle has narrowly avoided being named a finalist in the Unpackit ‘Worst Packaging Award’ category, despite receiving more than half of all the nominations made.

Fonterra latest to cut Chinese prices after price-fixing probe

Fonterra has slashed the cost of its Anmum maternal health products in China by 9%, making it the latest company to reduce its prices following the launch of a government...

Fonterra to axe 300 corporate office jobs following efficiency review

Fonterra looks set to axe around 300 jobs at its corporate offices following a review of its support services – a move the New Zealand-based dairy exporter expects will yield...

Fonterra ‘contacted’ by Chinese authorities probing infant formula prices

Fonterra has been “contacted” by Chinese authorities investigating high infant formula pricing and suspected anti-monopoly law violation by manufacturers, including Nestlé and Danone, in the country.

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Fonterra to double Waikato storage capacity through NZ$27m investment

Fonterra has announced plans to plough NZ$27m ($21m) into the development of a new dry store distribution centre at its Te Rapa processing facility in the Waikato region of New...

Fonterra vows to stop sourcing milk from land affected by oil and fracking waste

Fonterra has vowed to no longer accept milk from any new dairy suppliers based in areas of New Zealand where oil industry and fracking waste has been spread and covered,...

Fonterra announces NZ$30m Whareroa dry distribution centre expansion

Fonterra has announced plans for a NZ$30m ($24m) expansion of the dry distribution centre at its Whareroa processing site in Taranaki, New Zealand – an investment it hopes will improve...

Fonterra ordered to reinstate employees fired over ‘Harlem Shake’ videos

Fonterra has been ordered to reinstate two employees who were fired for doing the ‘Harlem Shake’ at a Fonterra Brands New Zealand processing plant in Takanini, Auckland.

European healthy ageing apathy creates challenges for brands: Fonterra research

Europeans are among the most apathetic people in the world about their health as they age – creating big challenges for manufacturers of healthy foods targeting this growing demographic, suggests...

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Fonterra recalls cheese slices due to packaging fault

Fonterra has recalled cheese slices in New Zealand after two reports of the plastic wrapping sticking to the cheese when unwrapped.

Fonterra attempts to pour water on Sri Lankan DCD concerns

Fonterra has moved to reassure Sri Lankan consumers about the safety of New Zealand milk powder, after the country’s agriculture minister warned that it could be contaminated with dicyandiamide (DCD)....


Cut dairy packaging investment, risk profits and quality - Mintel

In the current economic climate, dairy processors are looking across their businesses for opportunities to reduce outgoings and increase margins. But firms that cut packaging investment are only risking profits...

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