New Zealand botulism scare triggers recall of up to 1,000 tons of dairy items in 7 countries

New Zealand Herald, Greg Bowker/Associated Press – In this Oct 14, 2004 photo, Fonterra’s Hautapu dairy factory is seen in the Waikato, New Zealand. New Zealand authorities have triggered a global recall of up to 1,000 tons of dairy products across seven countries after Fonterra, the world’s fourth-largest dairy company, announced tests had turned up a type of bacteria that could cause botulism. New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary

By Associated Press, Published: August 2

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities have triggered a global recall of up to 1,000 tons of dairy products across seven countries after dairy giant Fonterra announced tests had turned up a type of bacteria that could cause botulism.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries said Saturday that the tainted products include infant formula, sports drinks, protein drinks and other beverages. It said countries affected beside New Zealand include China, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.

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