Products from baby formula makers Dumex and Nutricia that used a contaminated whey protein concentrate produced by New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra will be completely removed from supermarkets shelves across China by Tuesday, according to the companies.
Fonterra said on Saturday that tests had discovered clostridium botulinum in its whey protein, which clients buy as a raw material to produce baby formula and whey protein supplement beverages for body builders.
Clostridium botulinum is one of the world’s strongest toxins and can damage the human nervous system if ingested. In infants under one year old, it can trigger neural paralysis.
Infant nutrition companies Dumex and Nutricia were found to have imported contaminated dairy products from Fonterra.
Shanghai-based Dumex, which imported more than 208 metric tons of the tainted whey protein concentrate, said on Sunday that 12 batches of its baby formula products, weighing 420,188 tons, had been affected.
The company said that according to its product tracking system, some of the possibly contaminated baby formula are still being held in warehouses.
Dumex’s relevant products have been removed from shelves in many supermarkets in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and other cities in China.
“The Dumex products reported to be contaminated have been removed from shelves,” said a clerk in a supermarket in Beijing.
In addition, Karicare infant formula produced by global baby formula maker Nutricia has also been removed from shelves.
Three other Chinese companies were also reported to have imported whey protein concentrate from Fonterra.
According to China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), the three importers are China’s biggest food and beverage firms: Hangzhou Wahaha Health Food Co., Ltd., Hangzhou Wahaha Import & Export Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Tangjiu (Group) Co..
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