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 foodprotection. govt.
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.
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 information.
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.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) welcomes Nutricia’s recall of two lines of infant formula that may have been contaminated and is encouraging consumers to return any product they have or dispose of it. MPI Acting Director-General Scott Gallacher says the health of consumers is of the utmost importance and it’s critical that these products are recalled until contamination byClostridium botulinum can be ruled out. The recalled products are:
Karicare Stage 1 New Baby Infant Formula (from birth) – all batches
Karicare Gold+ Stage 2 Follow On Formula (from six months ) – all batches
The recall does not affect any other Nutricia Karicare products.
Health Minister Tony Ryall says Healthline and Plunketline have geared up their resources to help keep parents and the public updated about recent infant formula recalls. Visiting both health call centres in Wellington today, Mr Ryall said the safety of infants and reassurance for their families was paramount. “Healthline and Plunketline have done a very good job advising parents and caregivers, and I appreciate the extra hours and effort the nurses are putting in,” Mr Ryall says.
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.