Customs Union's veterinary service to inspect New Zealand dairies

MOSCOW. August 6. KAZINFORM The veterinary services of the Customs Union member countries will carry out an additional inspection of New Zealand's dairy companies, BelTA learnt from Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor).

"A decision has been made to carry out the additional inspection of New Zealand's dairy companies which are interested in delivering dairy products to the Customs Union market," Rosselkhoznadzor noted.

The largest dairy producer and exporter in New Zealand, the Fonterra company, announced earlier that some of its products might contain bacteria which cause botulism. New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries assured Rosselkhoznadzor that the infected products had not been delivered either to Russia or other Customs Union member states.

According to Rosselkhoznadzor's information, the source of botulinus were 38 tonnes of protein concentrate obtained after processing fat-free milk at one of Fonterra's factories in Waikato which was contaminated as a result of a pipe leak. Botulinus was found in baby food, which was exported to some Asian countries and Saudi Arabia, and in a batch of milk substitute for calves shipped to one of New Zealand's farms, BelTA reports.

Currently the list of Fonterra's companies registered as dairy suppliers to Russia and other Customs Union countries includes 71 enterprises.

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