Dad's worry over recalled baby milk

By Alison King

Tins of infant formula that may have been contaminated with botulism have been sold in Rotorua supermarkets and fed to babies.

There is a precautionary recall on two products - Karicare Infant Formula Stage 1 (0-6 months) with batch numbers 3169 and 3170 (use by June 17 2016 and June 18 2016) and Karicare Gold+ Follow On Formula Stage 2 (6-12 months) with batch number D3183 (use by December 31 2014).

Rotorua father Fraser Newman said his family had two of the tins being recalled, one was opened five days before the recall was announced yesterday.

He said food safety was one of the reasons why he and his wife Huaqin moved back to New Zealand from China in 2011.

"One of the big attractions is New Zealand is a good place to raise children. We were worried in China so this is a bit of a blow. Melamine in formula was one of the reasons we came back. We wanted to raise our children in a healthy environment."

He said he would be keeping a watchful eye on his daughter Olivia, 4 months.

"She's been a bit down but botulism hits hard and fast so I think it's just because it's winter. Karicare is what everyone told us to go with. I guess we have to trust they will sort this out."

The company said in a statement none of its products tested and sold in New Zealand indicated any contamination.

"However, given the new information supplied by Fonterra, we have taken the decision to make a precautionary recall on specific products ... "

Fonterra announced on Saturday that three batches of a whey protein called WPC80, manufactured in May last year, may have been contaminated by a dirty pipe at the company's Hautapu plant in Waikato.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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