New Zealand botulism scare likely a false alarm after retesting turns up no sign of bacteria

FALSE POSITIVE? A botulism scare that damaged New Zealand's international reputation for top quality dairy products was likely a false alarm. Dairy company Fonterra sparked a global recall of infant formula this month after announcing it had discovered the presence of botulism bacteria in some of its products.

TESTS NEGATIVE: New Zealand officials said they had found no sign of the bacteria after retesting ingredients used in recalled products from the company.

DIFFERENT BUG: New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries announced Wednesday that its own extensive retesting of the concentrate indicated the presence of another, less dangerous type of bacteria but not the botulism bacteria.