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'Full steam ahead' for Fonterra's own-brand China plan after recall

By Naomi Tajitsu WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Fonterra <FSF.NZ>, the world's largest dairy processor, is moving ahead with plans to launch its own branded milk formula in China, undeterred by a recent botulism scare and Beijing's crackdown on foreign firms over alleged corrupt sales practices.

Fonterra products didn't have botulism bacteria after all, New Zealand tests show

By Naomi Tajitsu WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Dairy giant Fonterra's products at the center 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 (MPI) 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.

Sri Lanka to test all milk powder for chemical in Fonterra scare

By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - A Sri Lanka state institute said it would test all milk powder in the market after finding a toxic chemical in products sold by New Zealand's Fonterra, while a nationalist party called for the closure of Fonterra's local subsidiary.

Sri Lankan court bars Fonterra milk products for two weeks

By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - A Sri Lankan court on Friday banned the sale and advertising of all Fonterra milk products for two weeks, officials said, following a complaint by a health sector trade union that the company's marketing was misleading. The National Health Services Union said it sought the court ban because Fonterra products suspected of being contaminated with the toxic agricultural chemical dicyandiamide (DCD) were still on the market despite an order from the health ministry to recall them.

New Zealand takes charge of Fonterra milk scare response

New Zealand seized control of Fonterra's response to a milk contamination scare Tuesday after criticising the dairy giant's handling of a crisis which has triggered global recalls and tainted the nation's "clean, green" image. Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce said officials had been sent to Fonterra premises in New Zealand and Australia to ensure the company provided accurate information about a potentially fatal bug found in products used to make baby formula.

New Zealand takes control of Fonterra milk scare response

New Zealand moved to seize control of Fonterra's response to a contaminated milk scare Tuesday after criticising the dairy giant's handling of a crisis which has tainted the country's "clean, green" image. Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce said officials had been sent to Fonterra premises in New Zealand and Australia to ensure the information the company supplied about a potentially fatal bug in some products used to make baby formula was accurate.

New Zealand's Fonterra finds botulism bacteria in dairy ingredient

By Naomi Tajitsu WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, on Saturday said it had found a bacteria which can cause botulism in some of its dairy products, prompting China to issue a recall of affected products. New Zealand authorities said they were holding back some widely used infant formula products from supermarket shelves.

NZ's Fonterra to enter huge infant formula market in China

By Naomi Tajitsu WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, plans to sell its own branded infant milk formula in China by mid-year, playing catch-up with other global diary companies already operating in the booming, high-margin market. New Zealand's biggest company already manufactures milk powder for other companies to sell in China, but has stayed out of the branded baby formula market after it was rocked by a melamine tainting scandal in 2008 which killed at least six children.
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