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World’s biggest milk powder drier starts work in New Zealand

“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...

Opinion

Fonterra's problem lies mainly in how it communicates with the Chinese

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...

'No plans' to sue Fonterra over false WPC botulism alarm, says Nutricia

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...

False alarm is good news, but false positive must be investigated

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...

News in brief

Fonterra resumes operations in Sri Lanka following protest-driven closures

Fonterra has resumed operations in Sri Lanka, less than a week after it closed its head office and Biyagama processing plants in response to growing anger amongst consumers about the safety and...

Fonterra latest

Botulism scare was a false alarm, reveals NZ ministry

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 suspends Sri Lanka operations following angry consumer protests

Fonterra has temporarily suspended operations in Sri Lanka in response to growing anger amongst consumers about the safety and marketing of the company's products, which culminated in protests outside Fonterra...

Fonterra rubbishes Sri Lankan court summons reports

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...

Soapbox

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.

Contamination crisis

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...

Contamination crisis

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...

Contamination crisis

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.

News in brief

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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