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China, Netherlands sign trade pacts, including deal on dairy co-operation

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - China and the Netherlands signed a trade pact Sunday pledging Dutch dairy expertise to help Chinese producers boost the quality and quantity of their milk. The deal signed at a ceremony at Prime Minister Mark Rutte's official residence in The Hague is another step by China to rehabilitate the reputation of its dairy industry in the aftermath of tainted milk product scandals.

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra pleads guilty to food-safety violations after botulism scare

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra pleaded guilty Thursday to four food-safety violations following a botulism scare last year. Government officials earlier in the day filed charges accusing the world's largest dairy exporter of processing and exporting products in a way that didn't meet standards and then failing to notify officials quickly enough when it became aware of the lapses. Maury Leyland, a Fonterra manager, said the company immediately filed guilty pleas to all charges.

Fonterra pleads guilty over botulism scare charges

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra said Thursday it had pleaded guilty to food safety charges brought after a botulism scare last year that prompted global recalls of baby formula. While the scare turned out to be a false alarm, the Ministry of Primary Industries laid four charges against the company, including exporting a product that did not meet relevant standards and failing to tell authorities about a potential problem as soon as possible. Fonterra said it would not contest the charges, which each carry a maximum penalty of NZ$500,000 (US$427,000).

China Mengniu rises 6 percent after Danone raises stake

(Reuters) - China Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd <2319.HK> shares rose 6 percent in early trade on Wednesday after the Chinese dairy said it would sell HK$5.15 billion ($663.97 million) worth of new shares to a joint venture involving Danone SA <DANO.PA> and Danish dairy Arla Foods. France's Danone will increase its effective interest in Mengniu to 9.9 percent on completion of the deal from a its current 4 percent, making it the second largest stakeholder in the Chinese milk maker.

Fresh contamination scare for New Zealand dairy giant

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra faced a new contamination scare Tuesday with the forced recall of nearly 9,000 bottles of cream which had been tainted with E.coli bacteria. The fresh cream had been produced for domestic consumption in the North Island. Fonterra Brands New Zealand Managing Director Peter McClure said he did not want to speculate on how the contamination occurred. But he told Radio New Zealand it was unlikely to have come in with the milk from the farms, and it was "almost impossible" the contamination could have been deliberate.

Fonterra recalls cream after E.Coli contamination

By Naomi Tajitsu and Colin Packham WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - New Zealand's Fonterra said on Monday it was recalling products distributed in the country that had been contaminated with the E.Coli bacteria in the second food-safety scare faced by the company in less than six months. The dairy co-operative said it was recalling 8,700 bottles of fresh cream marketed under its Anchor brand with a 'best before date' of January 21, 2014 and which were distributed to retail and food service outlets around New Zealand's North Island.

One dead, seven injured by contaminated China parcels

A man was killed and seven others were injured in China after receiving parcels from a delivery company that had become contaminated with toxic chemicals, it was reported Saturday. The unnamed man, from China's eastern Shandong province, died after taking delivery of a box of shoes in late November which were tainted with methyl fluoroacetate, a highly toxic chemical, the Xinhua news agency reported citing the local post bureau.

Interview: Minister assures Chinese consumers of New Zealand food safety

Interview: Minister assures Chinese consumers of New Zealand food safety WELLINGTON, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand government ministers responsible for food safety had a special message for Chinese consumers Wednesday: you can trust New Zealand food. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye stressed in an interview with Xinhua that they would do everything possible to ensure no repeats of the sort of scare that saw a global recall of dairy products thought to be contaminated with a botulism-causing bacterium.

Roundup: New Zealand vows to rebuild food safety reputation after dairy scare report

Roundup: New Zealand vows to rebuild food safety reputation after dairy scare report WELLINGTON, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand government Wednesday pledged to tighten its food safe regime, despite claiming it is already one of the best in the world, in line with the recommendations in a report on August's false global alarm over contaminated dairy products.

China Focus: Dairy prices rise as supply shrinks

HOHHOT, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese consumers can expect higher dairy prices in December because of a shrinking supply of raw milk from the country's fragmented milk farms. Most domestic dairy companies put up prices last week, ranging from five to 20 percent. This was mainly in the low-end milk market. Milk profits are usually thin and are sensitive to price volatility. The price of premium products and milk powders are largely unaffected as high profit margins are able to absorb rising costs.
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