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Fonterra faces new milk contamination scare in Sri Lanka

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New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has entered more hot water over another milk contamination scare, this time in Sri Lanka.

The company has recalled two batches of milk powder due to allegations that the products had been contaminated with a farm chemical – Dicyandiamide (DCD) which is used to increase agricultural yields The Australian reports.

Fonterra has denied that its products contain any trace of DCD, however The Sri Lankan government has ordered the recall as it considers DCD to be a potentaily ‘toxic chemical’.

The DCD contamination scare follows a recent recall of Fonterra’s Karicare baby formula which contained whey protein concentrate that had been contaminated with a bacterium that can cause botulism – a potentially fatal paralytic illness.

It was reported that 38 tonnes of the whey protein concentrate which was manufactured at Fonterra’s Hautapu plant in May 2012, was contaminated by an unsanitary pipe.

It is believed that were five batches of the contaminated baby formula in total, each of which have now been located.

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