Aug. 8 - New Zealand authorities are conducting audits of the Fonterra dairy plant that produced contaminated products and prompted a recall. Julie Noce reports.
Fonterra Chairman John Wilson spoke to media for the first time Thursday after the New Zealand dairy giant came under fire for dragging its feet on the botulism scare and product recall. (SOUNDBITE)(English) CHAIRMAN OF FONTERRA JOHN WILSON SAYING: "I need to say how deeply concerned we are in Fonterra by the anxiety that has been created by this precautionary recall that is being carried out by Fonterra. On behalf of Fonterra I want to apologise to the mums, the dads and the care-givers for any confusion that has been created over the last four or five days." The company announced over the weekend that it had sold whey protein products that contained bacteria which could cause botulism. The contaminated products, including infant milk powder, had been sold to companies in China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. The company said it has launched two separate investigations into the incident and how it was handled. So far the company said there have been no reduction in supply contracts. The potentially effected products were removed from store shelves earlier this week.