Fonterra said it had accepted charges laid against it by the
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) over events that led to
last year's precautionary market recall of whey protein
MPI filed four charges against Fonterra relating to breaches
of the Animal Products Act after the recall, which turned out
to be a false alarm after the product was earlier linked to
Fonterra's managing director people, culture and strategy
Maury Leyland said Fonterra had co-operated fully with MPI
throughout its investigation, and accepted responsibility for
the allegations made.
"We have accepted all four charges, which are consistent with
the findings of our operational review, and the independent
board inquiry,'' Leyland said in a statement.
"We have previously detailed issues relating to the decision
to reprocess the original WPC80 (when protein), and being
slow about escalating information which are reflected in the
charges laid by MPI,'' she said.
"The WPC80 event caused us to examine in detail what
happened, why it happened, and what we must do to minimise
the risk of it ever happening again,'' he said.
It was subsequently confirmed that the recalled whey product
did not present a health risk after it had earlier been
linked to botulism. Subsequent tests showed the product -
while contaminated - did not present a health risk.
Contravention of the Act can make corporates liable for fines
of up to $500,000.