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.
Parents and caregivers are starting to ask Plunket why they can’t just give their babies cows’ milk instead of formula. Plunket Clinical Advisor Allison Jamieson says that in days gone by, milk was given to babies under 12 months of age but it is no longer recommended. “International evidence now shows that whole cows’ milk is not suitable for babies under 12 months of age because it contains higher levels of protein and salt than are safe for babies immature kidneys.
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.
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.