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Fonterra fined NZ$300k for WPC food safety failings

Fonterra fined NZ$300k for WPC food safety failings

By Mark ASTLEY

Fonterra has been fined NZ$300,000 (US$256k, €187k) by a New Zealand court after admitting four food safety violations relating to last year's whey protein concentrate (WPC) recall.

NZ Prime Minister has his work cut out in China

NZ Prime Minister has his work cut out in China

By Ankush Chibber

New Zealand’s reputation in China as a provider of safe and quality dairy products has taken a heavy blow in recent times, a new consumer confidence survey suggests.

Fonterra to plead guilty to botulism scare charges

Fonterra to plead guilty to botulism scare charges

By RJ Whitehead

Fonterra, the world’s biggest dairy company, has indicated that it will plead guilty to charges following and investigation by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries into events leading up to the precautionary whey protein concentrate recall across...

Operations set to begin at NZ$120m Fonterra UHT milk plant

Operations set to begin at NZ$120m Fonterra UHT milk plant

By Mark ASTLEY

Fonterra's NZ$120m ($99m, €73m) Waitoa UHT plant is on track to produce its first batches of Asia-destined Anchor brand long-life milk and cream in March – just over a year since plans for the facility were first revealed.

DairyAmerica and Fonterra end SMP export deal

DairyAmerica and Fonterra end SMP export deal

By Mark ASTLEY

US marketing cooperative DairyAmerica and New Zealand-based dairy giant Fonterra have called time on their 13-year old skim milk powder (SMP) export agreement.

Danone to sue Fonterra over WPC botulism recalls

Danone to sue Fonterra over WPC botulism recalls

By Mark ASTLEY

Danone has terminated its existing supply contract with Fonterra and plans to sue the dairy exporter over the whey protein concentrate (WPC) Clostridium botulinum contamination scare that led to product recalls across Asia, Australasia and the Middle...

Fonterra: Asia behind global foodservice growth

Fonterra: Asia behind global foodservice growth

By RJ Whitehead

The world’s biggest dairy company, Fonterra, believes that global foodservice growth is being driven by the emerging Asian markets, where it estimates the category will increase at around 13% per year until at least 2016.

In response to the Fonterra botulism alert, Danone-owned Nutricia ANZ recalled around 67,000 units of its Karicare infant nutrition products. While its Dumex business pulled products from shelves in seven countries.

Danone seeking €200m damages from Fonterra over WPC recalls

By Mark ASTLEY

Danone has confirmed that it is seeking around €200m ($270m) in compensation from Fonterra to cover the costs associated with the infant formula product recalls it ordered in response to the New Zealand-based dairy exporter's recent whey protein...

Following Fonterra's precautionary WPC recall - later discovered to have been a false alarm - Danone businesses pulled products from shelves across eight countries.

Fonterra, Danone in talks to resolve WPC botulism dispute

By Mark ASTLEY

Fonterra has denied it has “any legal liability” to Danone in relation to its recent whey protein concentrate (WPC) contamination scare, despite being in talks with the French dairy giant over the possible payment of compensation.

Russia removes temporary Fonterra dairy import ban

Russia removes temporary Fonterra dairy import ban

By Mark ASTLEY

Russia has lifted the temporary import and distribution ban imposed on Fonterra dairy products following the New Zealand-based dairy cooperative's decision to recall three batches of whey protein concentrate (WPC) potentially contaminated with botulism-causing...

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AgResearch 'recommended further testing' of recalled Fonterra WPC

By Mark ASTLEY

New Zealand research organisation AgResearch has moved to distance itself from Fonterra's decision to recall three batches of whey protein concentrate (WPC), rubbishing claims that it "confirmed the presence" of Clostridium botulinum in...

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

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

By RJ Whitehead

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...

Botulism scare was a false alarm, reveals NZ ministry

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Botulism scare was a false alarm, reveals NZ ministry

By RJ Whitehead

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 rubbishes Sri Lankan court summons reports

Fonterra rubbishes Sri Lankan court summons reports

By Mark ASTLEY

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.

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

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

By Katherine Rich, CEO of the NZ Food & Grocery Council

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, Pundits And Politicians, is an excellent resource for anyone in the food...

Fonterra suspends senior managers over WPC botulism scare

Fonterra suspends senior managers over WPC botulism scare

By Mark ASTLEY

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 MD resigns in midst of botulism scare

By Mark ASTLEY

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...

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

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

By RJ Whitehead

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...