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We are New Zealand's largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under 5. Plunket works together with families and communities, to ensure the best start for every child. Whānau āwhina - caring for families.
We provide support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under 5. We work together with families and communities, to ensure the best start for every child
Plunket will be providing regular updates on the
precautionary recall of some Nutricia Karicare products. Only two lines of Nutricia Karicare infant formula have been
recalled as they may have been contaminated with Clostridium
botulinum bacteria. What is included in the recall?
The latest information from the Ministry for Primary
Industries, as of midday Monday 12 August, is that* there
has been a narrowing of the infant formula recall
Parents and caregivers are starting to ask Plunket why they
can’t just give their babies cows’ milk instead of
formula. Plunket Clinical Advisor Allison Jamieson says that in days
gone by, milk was given to babies under 12 months of age but
it is no longer recommended. “International evidence now shows that whole cows’ milk
is not suitable for babies under 12 months of age because it
contains higher levels of protein and salt than are safe for
babies immature kidneys.
Plunket says that the confusion that parents and caregivers
have been experiencing regarding the current situation of
potential contamination of infant formula appears to be
slowly abating. Brenda Hynes, Plunket General Manager of Service Delivery
says calls to PlunketLine are beginning to slow after a peak
on Monday. “On Monday we had a 400% increase in calls and yesterday
that reduced to a 220% increase.
Plunket is eager to help clarify the confusion that parents
and caregivers are experiencing regarding the current
situation of potential contamination of whey protein used in
infant formula. Brenda Hynes, Plunket General Manager of Service Delivery
say parents and caregivers are understandably concerned. “Plunket’s telephone advice line, PlunketLine, has been
inundated with calls since the weekend and call numbers
continue to increase.