Westland Milk's products pass tests

Westland Milk Products, New Zealand's second largest dairy co-operative after Fonterra and its third largest dairy exporter, says its infant formula base products have tested clear of clostridium and that there has been no disruption to its export orders.

Chief executive Rod Quin said Westland was continuing to load out orders to China and other overseas customers.

He said no extra requirements for tests had been requested by the Ministry for Primary Industries although Westland was aware that information could change.

"A few Westland customers have requested test results or quality reassurances related to clostridium, which the company has been able to provide," Quin said in a statement.

Westland Milk Products did not purchase or use any of the whey protein concentrate from Fonterra that tested positive for clostridium bacteria.

The Hokitika-based co-operative said it had received confirmation from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) that Westland was not affected by restrictions placed on some Fonterra products by some countries.

"We have been able to continue to export as usual. We do not expect any long term impact on our business or our relationships with customers," he said.

Fonterra said on Monday that it had received confirmation from MPI that China had not imposed a blanket ban on Fonterra's products but had temporarily suspended importation of whey powder and dairy base powder produced by Fonterra.


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