Supermarket shelf in Wellington where Fonterra infant formula has been removed
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Fonterra: Import ban on products to be lifted 'within days'

The chief executive of Fonterra, Theo Spierings, has told the BBC of his relief that some of the company's products, which were at the centre of a global contamination scare, did not contain botulism-causing bacteria.

The scare had triggered a recall and import bans from some countries, including China.

However on Wednesday, the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries said tests suggested the presence of a different type of bacteria that does not cause botulism.

Mr Spierings told the BBC that he expects the import bans currently in place on some products to be lifted in a "matter of days".

  • 29 Aug 2013
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