WELLINGTON – New Zealand said it detected another case of tainted milk protein being exported to China, just weeks after a botulism scare endangered trade ties with its biggest dairy customer.
Two batches of milk protein exported to China contained levels of nitrate that exceeded the New Zealand standard, the Ministry for Primary Industries said in a statement Monday. It has revoked export certificates for four consignments of lactoferrin manufactured by Westland Milk Products that were derived from the two batches.
“Any food safety risk to Chinese consumers is negligible because the quantities of lactoferrin used in consumer products was very small, meaning the nitrate levels in those products would easily be within acceptable levels,” the ministry said.
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