Plunket update: Potential infant formula contamination

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.

“There is a lot of confusion out there and people aren’t sure which advice they should be following.

“Plunket is advising parents that they should be following the advice of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). MPI is leading the government’s response to this issue and is the official source of information”, she says.

Only two lines of Nutricia Karicare infant formula have been recalled:

The latest information from the Ministry for Primary Industries, as at 12 August is:

  • 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.

The recall does not affect any other Nutricia Karicare products.  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.  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.

This is an evolving situation - please keep referring to for the most up-to-date official information.

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
Plunket Media Manager
021 405 842

MPI media team
029 894 0328

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