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Friday 9th August 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Industry Gets to Grips With Fonterra Botulism Scare

Clear communication and transparency are essential if the New Zealand dairy industry is to recover from the Fonterra botulism scare quickly and smoothly.

Rival processors have been quick to deny any association with the contaminations and that it is business as usual this week.

Westland Milk Products reported approval from the Ministry of Primary Industries that trade barriers would not be imposed on any of its whey protein orders.

But, more generally, the news is bleak. Willy Leferink, Dairy Chairperson at Federated Farmers of New Zealand described the news as plunging farmers into a ‘deep ravine’.

The news of clostridium botulinium being found in three batches of WPC 80 has hurled the dairy food industry into a ‘period of uncertainty’, he added.

The contamination occurred at the Hautapu factory because of one unsanitary pipe.

Products at risk from the error are whey protein ingredients used in infant and calf milk replacers and sports drinks. In his column in the New Zealand Herald, Mr Leferink described the dairy markets as ‘hard to gauge’ although were affected by the botulism event.

Class III September milk futures in Chicago rose two per cent, although soon dropped away.

Analysts are predicting a rise in milk values due to buying pressure put on other products.

Longer term implications though, could be damaging for Fonterra and the New Zealand economy as a whole, warned Stephen Joyce, Economic Development Minister this week.

Processors have agreed. Although are keen to halt negative publicity and strive to champion the high food standards that New Zealand is known for.

Mr Leferink stressed that the small quantities of unsafe product amount to 0.0015 per cent and that 2,499,962 tonnes of Fonterra’s product are safe for export.

Over 95 per cent of milk produced goes into exports markets. For this reason it is vital that reassurance can be sent out that ‘the vast majority’ of dairy products are not affected, said Kimberly Crewther, Executive Director of the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand this week.

“The potential implications for New Zealand’s international reputation and overseas market access are a concern. However, New Zealand has high food safety standards and New Zealand dairy products have a strong track record. Our expectation is that it should be business as usual for unaffected products,” said Ms Crewther.

She added that first priority was customer safety and that no confirmed reports of illnesses linked to consumption had been made.

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