‘Kiwi dairy giant products free of botulism threat’

Original tests conducted by Fonterra had indicated the presence of clostridium botulinum.

Written by Reuters | Wellington | Published: August 29, 2013 1:04 am

Dairy giant Fonterra’s products at the centre of a global contamination scare this month did not contain a bacteria that could cause botulism,and posed no food safety threat,New Zealand officials said on Wednesday.

The Ministry for Primary Industries said tests showed that whey protein concentrate manufactured by the world’s largest dairy processor contained clostridium sporogenes,which cannot cause botulism,but which at elevated levels can be associated with food spoilage.

Original tests conducted by Fonterra had indicated the presence of clostridium botulinum. “We went to world-leading labs. That has given us a clear and definitive sense that it isn’t clostridium botulinum,” MPI acting director-general Scott Gallacher said. “There is no food safety risk here.”

Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings said he was “very relieved”.

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