The Acting Director-General of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has today issued a revised Statement under the Food and Animal Products Acts regarding the precautionary recall in New Zealand of two Nutricia Karicare infant formulas.
The revised statement shows that the precautionary recall now only applies to 900g cans of Nutricia Karicare Stage 1 Infant Formula (0-6 months) and Nutricia Karicare Gold+ Stage 2 Follow-on Formula (from 6 months) produced between 21 May 2013 and 2 August 2013 inclusive.
Acting Director-General Scott Gallacher says this means batches of those products manufactured outside of those dates are now not affected by the precautionary recall.
“If people still have 900g cans of Nutricia Karicare Stage 1 Infant Formula (0-6 months) and Nutricia Karicare Gold+ Stage 2 Follow-on Formula (from 6 months) at home, they need to check the production date on the base of the tin which looks like this:.
“If the production date is between 21.05.2013 and 02.08.2013, that infant formula is still subject to a precautionary recall within New Zealand and has the potential of being contaminated by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It should not be consumed and we recommend it be returned to the place you purchased it from,” Mr Gallacher says.
“Please note this only applies to the two products listed above. No other Nutricia Karicare products are being recalled. All 29.6g sachets and 32.8g sticks of Karicare infant and follow on formulas, regardless of production date, are now also excluded from the precautionary recall, and can be consumed.”
Mr Gallacher says working closely with its government and industry partners, MPI has been able to identify and trace all potentially affected Nutricia products and narrow down the scope of the potentially affected Karicare formulas. MPI continues to notify and work with all markets identified as having received any potentially affected product.
“As always, the health and wellbeing of consumers is our top priority. We now know, on the basis of information from Fonterra and Nutricia, which we have now verified, which Nutricia products were manufactured using the potentially contaminated whey protein concentrate. Batches of the two affected Karicare infant formulas not manufactured within those specific dates can now go back on the shelves.
“Nutricia has given us full confidence that the only products going back on supermarket shelves from today are manufactured outside of those dates,” Mr Gallacher says.
Anyone wanting more information on which products are subject to recall and how to check production dates should call Nutricia’s Customer Careline on 0800 258 268.
Anyone with health concerns related to this issue should contact Healthline on 0800 611 116 or Plunketline on 0800 933 922.
For more information, please contact the MPI Mediaphone on 029 894 0328.