Sunday, September 28, 2008

China milk scare continues: Four Fonterra brands removed

Four products manufactured by New Zealand’s Fonterra had been removed from the initial list of food items being tested for possible melamine contamination by the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) last Saturday. The Fonterra brands: Anchor Lite Milk, Anlene Milk Low Fat, Anmum Materna, and Anmum Materna Chocolate were removed from the list since they manufactured in New Zealand. According to the Fonterra website, it is a company "owned by over 11,000 New Zealand dairy farmers." Its shareholders represent 95 per cent of New Zealand's dairy farmers. Fonterra is the sixth largest dairy company in the world by turnover. Dairy farmers supply Fonterra with "more than 14 billion liters of milk each year."

The removal of the four milk products leaves 52 products that are to be tested by BFAD for melamine. BFAD Chief Gutierrez said that they will commence the testing of milk and milk-based products from China early next week and samples will be coming from the different regions.


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