21 August 2019

NZ govt sues Fonterra over botulism scare, paper says

New Zealand regulators will file charges against dairy products giant Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. for violations of the country’s animal products law in connection with last year’s botulism scare, the National Business Daily reported Friday. Fonterra violated four provisions of the law, according to the Ministry of Primary Industries. The company said it was accepting the charges, which could lead to a fine of as much as NZ$500,000 (US$427,780). Last year, it recalled its whey protein concentrate products suspected of being contaminated with toxin from bacteria that could lead to botulism, a potentially fatal disease, but later said it was a false alarm. China has banned imports of the whey protein used by local milk powder makers since August 2013, the report said.

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