NZ dairy giant, Fonterra - is in the hot seat and everyone is getting in on the act. We've previously had stories of Chinese-made formula containing unspeakable chemicals and the resulting deaths, but this time it's New Zealand's favourite high-yielding son under the gun. Various government ministers, particularly those worried about effects on trade now that China has banned a range of dairy imports from NZ, are calling for explanations. Most notable amongst the questions is why Fonterra took so long to make a public announcement and initiate product recalls. Seems like the whey concentrate powder, a component of formula for infants and toddlers amongst other milk products, was manufactured in May 2012, possible contamination with Clostridium botulism bacterium was identified in March 2013, with recalls initiated in August 2013! In immature immune systems, this bacteria has the potential to wreak havoc.
Without meaning to suggest that such contamination or the formula price hikes that are impoverishing Vietnamese families could be answers to a breast-feeding advocate’s prayers, I could however suggest that there exists a wonderful opportunity to offer women a supportive nutritional formula that can enhance quality and quantity of breast milk. Surely some of those mums currently using or planning to use infant formula, might be considering the assured safety and certainty of their home-brewed product!