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Karicare Products now back on shelves

Karicare Products now back on shelves

Nutricia is pleased it has been confirmed that Karicare infant formula products that were affected by the Fonterra ingredient contamination are safe, and always were safe.

Our products are now back on New Zealand shelves.


Nutricia's stringent world standard testing has always shown no botulism contamination in any of the Karicare products. This was confirmed yesterday by the Ministry of Primary Industries, when it announced that the bacteria found in the whey protein concentrate manufactured by Fonterra was not Clostridium botulinum but Clostridium sporogenes, for which there are no known food safety issues.

Indeed, all our testing - including additional testing since we were made aware of the issue showed no evidence of botulism present in any of the products. We have always been confident that all Karicare products on the shelves are safe.

However, safety is our number one priority and something we will never compromise. Given the information supplied to us by Fonterra at the time, we had no choice but to initiate a precautionary recall of the two Karicare products affected by the Fonterra ingredient contamination.

The General Manager of Nutricia ANZ, Ms Corine Tap, said that Nutricia's world standard testing, including additional testing, and now that of the MPI, has reconfirmed that Karicare products are safe, and always have been safe.

"We are sorry about the stress and anxiety that has been caused over the past few weeks. We understand that we have not been able to please everyone during this stressful time, but the safety of infants has always been our only priority," Ms Tap said.

"I thank Karicare Mums, Dads and carers for their patience and understanding," she said. "We always had confidence in our testing and in the safety of our products. I hope all New Zealanders will now share our confidence and be reassured that Nutricia will never compromise on safety when it come to their children."


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