New Zealand Baby Milk Scare Grows
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Supermarket employees remove baby formula from the shelves in Petaling Jaya after a Malaysian company issued a precautionary recall Monday. Danone Dumex's formula uses whey protein concentrate from New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, which announced it had found toxic bacteria in some products that could cause botulism. Despite this, Malaysian officials said Monday there was no cause to ban milk products from New Zealand just yet.

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Supermarket employees remove baby formula from the shelves in Petaling Jaya after a Malaysian company issued a precautionary recall Monday. Danone Dumex's formula uses whey protein concentrate from New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, which announced it had found toxic bacteria in some products that could cause botulism. Despite this, Malaysian officials said Monday there was no cause to ban milk products from New Zealand just yet. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MALAYSIAN MINISTER OF HEALTH, SATHASIVAM SUBRAMANIAM, SAYING: "We are in touch continuously with the New Zealand authorities for information and we will act accordingly to the information we receive. So, our aim is if there is any chance that a contaminated source has already reached us we will ensure the recall of that product." Fonterra said contaminated concentrates in milk powder and sports drinks had been sent to China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. The company has been testing its facilities for contamination since last year, but only discovered the harmful bacteria in July, which prompted China to restrict Fonterra whey imports.