E.Coli picture credit: Rowett Institute

E.Coli picture credit: Rowett Institute

Fonterra has recalled fresh cream sold under its Anchor and Pams brand in New Zealand after tests indicated products could be contaminated with E.Coli.

The company said yesterday (13 January) it is recalling 8,700 bottles of fresh cream that have been distributed to retail and foodservice customers. The recall includes Anchor and Pams cream with the best-before date of 21 January 2014.

"We are sorry for the inconvenience and concern this recall might cause but food safety and quality are our top priorities," Peter McClure. MD for Fonterra Brands NZ, said.

Last year, Fonterra initiated a massive recall of its whey powder concentrate ingredient over concerns it was contaminated with a bacteria that can cause botulism. While it transpired that the recall was a false alarm, it nevertheless sparked further consumer-facing recalls from the likes of Danone and Coca-Cola Co., dented the reputation of the New Zealand dairy industry and prompted a parliamentary investigation into the incident.

Danone confirmed last week it plans to launch legal action against Fonterra to recoup losses associated with the incident.

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ANCHOR AND PAMS FRESH CREAM RECALL

 

Fonterra Brands NZ is today conducting a voluntary recall of 300ml and 500ml bottles of Anchor and Pams fresh cream with a best before date of 21 January 2014, distributed in the North Island from Northland to Turangi, including Gisborne.

The recall involves 8,700 bottles of fresh cream that have been distributed to retail and foodservice outlets.

Fonterra Brands NZ Managing Director Peter McClure said the voluntary recall is being done because quality tests have shown there may be the presence of E.Coli in some Anchor and Pams bottles of cream with the 21 January 2014 best before date.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience and concern this recall might cause but food safety and quality are our top priorities,” said Mr McClure.  

Consumers are advised not to consume this product and to return it to the place of purchase for a refund. If they require further information, they should contact Fonterra Brands’ customer service centre on 0800 256 257.

This recall does not affect any other Anchor or Pams products.

The affected batch numbers are:

 

Product

Batch Number

Best Before Date

Pams Cream 500ml

1400684206

21/01/2014

Anchor Cream 500ml

1400684207

21/01/2014

Anchor Cream 300ml

1400684208

21/01/2014

Pams Cream 300ml

1400684209

21/01/2014

 

 

Original source: Fonterra