|New Zealand says Fonterra products tested positive for bacteria that spoils food
New Zealand government officials said today tests have shown that the bacterial contamination suspected in Fonterra milk powder is not one that causes botulism.
"The organism is confirmed as clostridium sporogenes,'' the Ministry for Primary Industries said in a statement. The ministry said clostridium sporogenes "is not capable of producing botulism causing toxins.''
But the ministry noted that elevated levels of certain strains of clostridium sporogenes "may be associated with food spoilage.''
It added that there are "no known food safety issues associated with clostridium sporogenes.''
The ministry said 195 tests were done at local laboratories and in the US.
All tests were negative for clostridium botulinum.
During the first week of this month, Fonterra said up to 1,000 tons of infant formula, sports drinks and other products sold in seven countries could be tainted after tests found bacteria in whey protein concentrate that could cause botulism.
Just weeks ago Fonterra was also fined 4.5 million yuan in China for price fixing.