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Posted On: 11 August 2013 12:35 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Fonterra products in Qatari market safe for consumption

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Fonterra products in Qatar are free from the harmful bacteria that cause botulism, a statement by the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said. “Test results of the samples taken from the Qatari market have shown that these products are particularly free from Clostridium Botulinum toxin. The products of this company are still under surveillance at all border posts of the country until further notice.” Fonterra is a global leader in dairy nutrition and the leading supplier of dairy ingredients to many of the world’s leading food companies. The SCH release said: “A circular has been issued to all ports of the country to take samples of any cargo of such products. Qatar is also in touch with neighbouring countries round the clock in this regard.” “Parents and healthcare professionals can be assured that all Abbott products including infant formula in Qatar are safe to consume, are of the highest quality and comply with rigorous safety standards,” the SCH statement added. “Gain Plus IQ from 1-3 years, manufactured in an Abbott facility in Ireland, is safe to consume and is back on the shelves. Abbott product in Qatar is not impacted by the Fonterra whey protein concentrate quality issue,” the statement said. Qatari authorities had briefly removed Gain Plus IQ and similar products from the market for tests following reports that Fonterra whey protein concentrate is contaminated by the bacteria that causes botulism. Fonterra products are major ingredients in many of the food products made around the world. An extensive market survey was launched by the local civic and health authorities after media reports of contamination trickled in from several countries, and samples of baby food were collected for laboratory tests Source:Qatar Chronicle