New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China

Ministry for Primary Industries: Negative WPC tests confirm no risk to public

The Ministry for Primary Industries has received results confirming that the bacteria found in the whey protein concentrate (WPC) manufactured by Fonterra is not Clostridium botulinum. The organism is confirmed as Clostridium sporogenes. It is therefore not capable of producing botulism causing toxins.

There are no known food safety issues associated with Clostridium sporogenes.

For more information on this issue, please refer to the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries' website.

A Chinese language update on this issue is also available.

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