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Statement on infant formula quality issue

Media release from Infant Nutrition Council

Statement on infant formula quality issue

The Infant Nutrition Council (INC) today reassured consumers in New Zealand and Australia that infant formula companies have the safety of their products as a number one priority.

On 2 August an advice was issued regarding a quality issue involving infant formula products made with an ingredient produced in New Zealand, leading to the precautionary recall of three batches of Karicare infant formula in New Zealand (see note below for specific details).

INC CEO Jan Carey says, “The Infant Nutrition Council is working with its members and New Zealand government authorities to ensure that consumers are aware of the precautionary recall.

“Consumers can be reassured that the infant formula industry takes the safety of their products very seriously.

“There are well-developed safety measures in their supply chains which are serving to isolate and recall potentially affected products,” Ms Carey said

The Infant Nutrition Council (INC) represents some of the most respected food companies in the world, including local manufacturers producing formula for export, and works with government to ensure food standards are aligned with international practice and that breastfeeding is protected.

Note on recall:

Fonterra Dairy Cooperative informed Karicare manufacturer Nutricia Australia New Zealand that one of their ingredients had a potential quality issue. As a precaution, in New Zealand only, Nutricia has recalled some batches of Karicare Infant Formula and Karicare Gold+ Follow on Formula.

The batches being recalled are:-

• Karicare Infant Formula Stage 1 (0–6 months) with batch numbers 3169 and 3170 (use by 17 06 2016 and 18 06 2016). The batch number and use-by date can be found on the base of the tin.

• Karicare Gold+ Follow On Formula Stage 2 (6–12 months) with batch number D3183 (use by 31 12 2014).

ENDS

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