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Aussie milk products cleared of botulism contamination

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The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, (DAFF) have said that no Australian domestic or export dairy product has been affected by botulism contaminates that were produced by New Zealand dairy giant, Fonterra.

The whey protein concentrate which is used in Fonterra’s Karicare baby formula and sports drink varieties was contaminated by an unsanitary pipe at Fonterra’s Hautapu plant in May 2012. The company has since recalled up to 1,000 tonnes of its dairy products.

Robert Poole, vice-chairman of the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) has said that all of the contaminated products that were imported into Australia have now been quarantined,  ABC Rural reports.

"All the product that came, it wasn't that much, has been found," said Poole,

"Some of it never made its way into the supply chain and if it did it's been recalled.

"That means DAFF has made a very strong statement, as have we as an industry, saying that we've found all this product in New Zealand and the appropriate action has been taken so it's all clear for Australia."

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