Plunket advice: Potential infant formula contamination

New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well-being of children under five is eager to ensure kiwi parents have all the information they need regarding the current situation of potential contamination of whey protein used in infant formula.

Brenda Hynes, Plunket General Manager of Service Delivery says parents should follow the advice from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

“This is an evolving situation and information is being regularly updated.

“We know there are a number of concerned parents out there so we really encourage them to go directly to the source of information which is the Ministry for Primary Industries”.

The latest information, as at 10pm on Sunday 4 August is:
MPI cannot rule out the following Nutricia Karicare products as potentially contaminated and recommends they are not fed to children until further notice.

  • Nutricia Karicare Infant Formula Stage 1 for babies from birth 

  • Nutricia Karicare Stage 2 Follow-on formula for children from six months old 

MPI recommends parents and caregivers use alternative products until further notice.

For health concerns or further information on use of infant formula contact:
Plunketline: 0800 933 922
Healthline: 0800 611 116

If you are concerned about your child’s health, contact your GP.

For queries about other aspects of this food safety issue, call MPI's consumer helpline: 0800 693 721 or visit

For more information contact:
Nikki Prendergast
Media Manager
021 405 842

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  • Hi Rachelle

    It is:
    Karicare Stage 1 New Baby Infant Formula (from birth) – all batches and sachets

    Karicare Gold+ Stage 2 Follow On Formula (from six months ) – all batches and sachets

    Please check this media release for regular updates:


    Posted by Plunket NZ, 07/08/2013 8:48am (6 years ago)

  • Is it the Karicare 2 follow on formula or the Karicare Gold + follow on formula?
    There is so much discrepancy in this not only in text but in photos as well. So very confusing!!!

    Posted by Rachelle Lang, 06/08/2013 8:42pm (6 years ago)

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