Botulism scare big news in China

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Young mum Claire Knight is concerned about the contamination. Photo / Steven McNicholl

Fears that New Zealand milk products could contain bacterium that may cause botulism is big news in China, the story featuring prominently in the country's major newspapers.

The government's quality watchdog has also called for importers who purchased dairy products from Fonterra to immediately initiate recalls.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) demanded the New Zealand side to act immediately to prevent the tainted products from harming the health of Chinese consumers, the China Daily reported.

AQSIQ further told quality agencies nationwide to "strengthen inspection over milk products from New Zealand".

Government ministers Steven Joyce and Tim Groser have called Fonterra executives to a meeting this afternoon to discuss Fonterra's response to tainted products which have resulted in a global recall of some dairy products.

Mr Groser has described the situation as "very serious". The Government is likely to raise its concerns about the way Fonterra has dealt with the issue, and set out what it expects the company to do from here.

Russia has reportedly banned all Fonterra products.

The issue has the potential to cause major damage to New Zealand's reputation for food safety with trading partners, including China.

The Shanghai Daily, the Voice of China, Nongmin Ribao (the Farmers' Daily), Xinhua, and the People's Daily all featured stories prominently today.

Authorities have recalled up to 1000 tonnes of dairy products across New Zealand and seven other countries after Fonterra announced tests had found a bacterium that could cause botulism.

The Ministry of Primary Industries said yesterday the tainted products included infant formula, sports drinks, protein drinks and other beverages. Countries affected beside New Zealand included China, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.

The botulism bacteria scare is likely to cause "sheer, absolute panic" in China as the news filters through the world's second biggest economy, says a Kiwi involved in the dairy trade.

Gregg Wycherley, managing director of Auckland baby milk brand Fresco Nutrition, said he anticipates "wholesale removal of New Zealand infant formula off Chinese supermarket shelves" by tomorrow morning.

"News of the contamination will just go viral in the Chinese social media," he said.

Trade Minister Tim Grosser said Fonterra's botulism scare was "very serious" and it was "absolutely appropriate" that China had stopped all imports of New Zealand milk powder.

Speaking on TVNZ's Q+A programme, Mr Grosser said he would head to China "at the drop of a hat" if he received advise that political contact would be useful.

"The authorities in China, in my opinion, absolutely appropriately have stopped all imports of New Zealand milk powders from Australia and New Zealand."

He was focused on dealing with the immediate problem of the wellbeing of users of the products.

"Today our sole concern is on the health of infants and other users of these products, both our own and in the countries' that we're exporting to. So it's not that we don't think there's some very important questions, but we're focusing on the essential problem of today.

"We don't want Fonterra worrying about their long-term reputation or risks right now. We want everybody focused on the health of the little babies."

Weibo, a Chinese social networking website similar to Twitter, was starting to buzz with talk of the potential contamination last night.

Many users were pointing out Fonterra's links to Sanlu, one of the companies responsible for China's 2008 melamine scandal, in which at least six babies died and thousands more became sick after consuming dairy products.

Fonterra yesterday announced three batches of a whey protein called WPC80, manufactured in May last year, may have been contaminated by a dirty pipe at the company's Hautapu plant, in the Waikato.

The dairy co-operative said eight of its customers, most of whom have still not been named, may have used the affected batches in a range of products including infant formula and sports drinks.

The Centres for Disease Control describes botulism as a rare but sometimes fatal paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin.

Infant formula manufacturer Nutricia has instigated a precautionary recall in New zealand of its Karicare Infant Formula Stage 1 (0 - 6 months) in New Zealand only with batch numbers 3169 and 3170 (use by 17.06.2016 and 18.06. 2016).

It has also recalled its Karicare Gold+ Follow On Formula Stage 2 (6-12 months) in New Zealand only with batch number D3183 (use by 31.12.2014).

"Nutricia's quality and food safety management system includes rigorous testing procedures of our finished products," the company said in a statement.

"None of the products tested and sold in New Zealand indicate any contamination. However, given the new information supplied by Fonterra, we have taken the decision to make a precautionary recall on specific products."

New Zealand's reputation for high-quality food products - the driving force behind some $2 billion in annual dairy exports to China - also took a hit in January when traces of dicyandiamide, a nitrate inhibitor, were found in New Zealand milk.

Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings was flying from Europe to China yesterday.

China's import authority yesterday ordered an immediate recall of any products containing the affected batches of Fonterra WPC80, the state-run news agency Xinhua said.

Simon Page, managing director of infant formula exporter BioPure Health, said it was a bad look for Fonterra and New Zealand to have two contamination scares in less than eight months.

"Something's not right," he said.

 

担心新西兰奶制品,可能含有细菌,可能会导致肉毒杆菌中毒是中国的大新闻,在全国的各大报纸的显着特色的故事。

 


政府的质量监督机构也呼吁购买奶制品进口商从Fonterra公司立即启动召回。

总局质量监督检验检疫总局(AQSIQ)要求,“中国日报”报道,新西兰方立即行动,防止受污染的产品,损害了中国消费者的健康。

国家质量监督检验检疫总局进一步告诉全国质量机构“加强检查来自新西兰的奶制品”。

政府部长史蒂文·乔伊斯和蒂姆·格罗泽称为恒天然高层会议今天下午讨论Fonterra的响应导致一些乳制品在全球范围内召回受污染的产品已。

格罗泽先生形容为“非常严重”的情况。政府很可能会提高其担忧Fonterra公司已经处理这个问题的方式,并设置它预计该公司将在这里做。

据报道,俄罗斯已经禁止所有的恒天然产品。

这个问题有可能新西兰的贸易伙伴,包括中国的食品安全的声誉造成重大损害。

中国之声“上海日报”,农民日报,农民日报,新华社,人民日报今天所有精选故事突出。

当局已经召回了横跨新西兰的奶制品和其他七个国家到1000吨后,恒天然宣布测试发现了一种细菌,可能会导致肉毒中毒。

初级产业部昨日表示,受污染的产品包括婴幼儿配方奶粉,运动饮料,蛋白饮料和其他饮料。旁边新西兰影响国家包括中国,澳大利亚,泰国,马来西亚,越南和沙特阿拉伯。

肉毒杆菌的细菌恐慌可能会导致“纯粹的,绝对的恐慌”中国作为世界第二大经济体的消息过滤器,通过说,在乳品行业涉及猕猴桃。

奥克兰婴儿奶粉品牌壁画营养Wycherley,常务董事格雷格说,他预期“关闭中国超市的货架上的新西兰婴幼儿配方奶粉批发去除”明天早上。

“只是去病毒污染的新闻在中国的社交媒体,”他说。

贸易部长蒂姆·格罗瑟说,恒天然的肉毒杆菌恐慌是“非常严重”,它是“绝对适合”认为,中国已经停止了所有的新西兰奶粉进口。

谈到TVNZ的Q + A计划,格罗瑟先生表示,他将前往中国,“一动不动”,如果他收到通知,政治接触将是有益的。

“当局在中国,在我看来,绝对适当已经停止从澳大利亚和新西兰进口新西兰奶粉。”

他专注于眼前的问题处理用户对产品的福祉。

“今天,我们唯一关心的是婴幼儿和其他用户对这些产品的健康,我们自己的国家,我们出口到。所以它不是我们不认为有一些非常重要的问题,但我们重新专注于今天问题的关键。

“我们不希望恒天然现在担心其长期的声誉或风险,我们希望大家都集中在小宝宝的健康。”

,中国的社交网站,类似于Twitter的微博,昨晚开始嗡嗡声与通话的潜在污染。

许多用户指出Fonterra的链接到三鹿,负责中国2008年的三聚氰胺丑闻,其中至少六名婴儿死亡,数千人生病后成为消费奶制品的公司之一。

恒天然昨日宣布三批称为乳清蛋白WPC80,在去年5月,可能已被污染怀卡托在公司的Hautapu厂,一个肮脏的管道。

乳品合作社表示,其客户,其中大多数人仍没有被评为八,可能使用了受影响的批次在一定范围内的产品,包括婴幼儿配方奶粉和运动饮料。

疾病控制中心介绍难得一见,但有时是致命的麻痹性疾病,由神经毒素引起的肉毒杆菌。

婴幼儿配方奶粉生产商纽迪希亚已策动预防的召回在新西兰的Karicare婴幼儿配方奶粉1阶段(0 - 6个月),只在新西兰批号3169和3170(使用2016年6月17日18.06 2016年)。

它也回顾了它的Karicare金+批号D3183(使用2014年12月31日)按照公式2阶段(6-12个月),在新西兰的。

纽迪希亚的质量和食品安全管理体系,包括我们的成品的严格的测试程序,“该公司在一份声明中说。

“没有在新西兰销售的产品测试和表示任何污染。然而,由于由恒天然提供的新的信息,我们已经采取的决定作出预防性召回特定产品。”

新西兰高品质的食品产品的声誉 - 背后的驱动力约2亿美元,每年乳制品出口到中国 - 也采取了痕迹,双氰胺,硝酸抑制剂,砸在1月时被发现在新西兰奶粉。

恒天然集​​团首席执行官西奥Spierings从欧洲飞往中国的昨天。

国营通讯社新华社报道说,中国的进口国当局昨天下令恒天然WPC80包含受影响批次的任何产品立即召回,。

董事总经理西蒙·佩吉,婴幼儿配方奶粉出口BIOPURE健康,说这是一个坏的外观和新西兰恒天然在不到8个月内有两个污染恐慌。

“有些事情是不对的,”他说。