More heads roll at Fonterra following food safety scare

Two senior managers at Fonterra have been placed on leave, following its recent food safety scare, which also saw the resignation of the dairy giant's managing director, Gary Romano.

Fonterra recently issued a warning that an ingredient in its baby formula products and sports drinks could contain a bacterium that can cause botulism.

Thirty-eight tonnes of the whey protein concentrate, manufactured at Fonterra’s Hautapu plant in May 2012, is believed to have been contaminated by an unsanitary pipe. Five batches of the product were affected: three that were warehoused in Auckland, one in Australia and another in transit.

The two senior managers were placed on leave, effective immediately, on 16 August, as the company continues its internal investigations into the circumstances surrounding the product recalls.

An internal operational review is also underway and due to be completed by the end of the month. According to a Fonterra statement, the review is looking into "the transparency of information in the business and how that information is escalated to the appropriate levels."


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