Information - Infant Formula Contamination Risk

New Zealand has some of the highest food safety systems globally and everything possible has been done to ensure infant formula is safe from this recent threat.  The risk of contamination is very low and we will continue to update any information as it comes out but please also check for further information.

The risk of contamination of baby formula is very low and to reduce risks even further please check all packaging carefully. 

Looking for signs of tampering

Infant formula packaging is designed to show if anyone has tried to tamper with the product. Always look for tears, rips, holes, significant bulging or other signs of tampering. For tips on how to spot if a package of infant formula has been tampered please look at the following tampering detection guide.  Remember to check the entire can/package including bottom and sides.

If you think your can has been tampered with please report to the retailer or contact the NZ Police immediately. 


Concerned about what to feed your child?

We (New Zealand) have some of the highest food protection systems for infant formula in the world and the risk of formula contamination is very low.   

There is no risk

  • If you have an open can of formula that you have used prior to this announcement you are safe to continue using that can. 
  • If you are breastfeeding exclusively your child is at no risk to the threat of contamination.
  • If your child is older and on solids and drinking full cows or alternative milk such as soy then you child is safe from contamination. 

Information on use of formula please read the following information sheet.  

If you have concerned about symptoms your child may be displaying please call Healthline 0800 611 116.

Or if you have questions about how or what to feed your infant please speak with your Plunket Nurse or call PlunketLine 0800 933 922 to talk with a Plunket Nurse. 

If you have any information that may help the police investigation then please contact NZ Police immediately.

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