Fonterra is caught up in another contamination scare, this
time recalling fresh cream over fears it may contain the
Fonterra Brands NZ today conducted a voluntary recall of
300ml and 500ml bottles of Anchor and Pams fresh cream with a
best before date of 21 January 2014, distributed in the North
Island from Northland to Turangi, including Gisborne.
The recall involves 8700 bottles of fresh cream that had been
distributed to retail and food service outlets.
Fonterra Brands NZ managing director Peter McClure said the
voluntary recall was being done because quality tests had
shown E.Coli may be present in some Anchor and Pams bottles
of cream with a best before date of January 21, 2014.
"We are sorry for the inconvenience and concern this recall
might cause but food safety and quality are our top
priorities, Mr McClure said.
People were advised not to consume the product and to return
it to where they bought it for a refund.
If they require further information, they should contact
Fonterra Brands' customer service centre on 0800 256 257.
The recall did not affect any other Anchor or Pams products.
E.Coli bacteria normally live in the intestines of humans and
animals and can be carried in faeces. Although most are
harmless, several are known to produce toxins that can cause
In August last year, Fonterra caused panic after it suspected
that 38 tonnes of whey protein, some of which was used to
make baby formula, had been contaminated with a
It was later found to be a false alarm but not before
Fonterra customers had recalled a huge amount of baby formula
products worth millions of dollars and New Zealand dairy
imports were banned or restricted by China and other markets.
New Zealand's reputation as a safe source of dairy products
was tarnished during the botulism fiasco, particularly in
China which is a big consumer of New Zealand-made baby
Danone, the parent company of baby formula-maker Nutricia,
has begun legal proceedings here seeking compensation after
it recalled infant formula products in eight countries during
last year's scare and put the cost of the recall at $576
Fonterra made a $14 million loss provision for the 2012/13
financial year to take into account the impact of the
Affected batch numbers:
Product Batch Number Best Before Date
Pams Cream 500ml 1400684206 21/01/2014
Anchor Cream 500ml 1400684207 21/01/2014
Anchor Cream 300ml 1400684208 21/01/2014
Pams Cream 300ml 1400684209 21/01/2014
- Lucy Bennett