Botulism milk powder scandal
On August 3, 2013, the world's biggest diary exporter Fonterra said a bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism and affects muscles, had contaminated 40 tonnes of its whey protein, most of which was sold to manufacturers to make their own products, including milk powder. A day later, China banned all milk powder imports from New Zealand. Hong Kong recalled 80,000 cans of Cow & Gate baby formula. Other companies that were affected include Shanghai Yanjiu; Dumex Baby Food, a Danone brand; Wahaha Health Food and Wahaha Import & Export; Coca-Cola (China) and Abbott.
Second brand of Fonterra-linked baby milk formula recalled in Hong Kong
Another baby milk formula company in Hong Kong on Tuesday ordered a precautionary recall of one of its products after it was linked to potentially contaminated ingredients provided by New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra.
The latest recall involved all batches of Karicare Gold + Follow On Formula Stage 2, according to New Zealand Milk Powder (Hong Kong), the product’s distributor in the city.
The product is for children aged six months to one year.
The company said it was notified by the product’s manufacturer, Nutricia, to order a general precautionary recall of all of the product after one batch, not in Hong Kong, was found to have been potentially contaminated.
“The recall is a precautionary one and there is no contamination or problem with our products [in Hong Kong],” a spokeswoman told local TV.
It was not immediately known about how many of the products were affected.
Hong Kong on Monday recalled some 80,000 tins of milk formula, all produced by Cow & Gate, after Fonterra reported bacterial contamination in three batches of its whey protein, a raw material for milk products, and food and drinks.
The contaminant is clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism. In serious cases, botulism can affect a person’s muscles, leading to respiratory failure.
Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said on Tuesday there was a need to step up random checks on milk formula in Hong Kong to see if more products were affected.