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PUBLIC NOTICE: Karicare Products in the Kingdom of Tonga

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8 August 2013 The Ministry of Commerce, Tourism & Labour had received a number of public inquiriesregarding the above subject matter and wish to provide the following information and clarification.

1. The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand HighCommission in Tonga has advised the Government of Tonga that the manufacturer Nutricia is conducting a voluntary recall in New Zealand of two specific products. The recall is due to information provided by Fonterra about ingredient contamination. It is thought the ingredient whey protein concentrate (WPC80) may contain contamination by Clostridium botulinum which can cause illnes.

The products of concern are:

i) Karicare infant Formula Stage 1 New Baby Infant Formula (from birth)-all

Karicare Gold+ Follow On Formula Stage 2 (from six months)

2. Nutricia has recalled the two products in New Zealand only. However at this stageMPIcannot guarantee that all Nutricia Karicare products are free of contaminated protein.

Our advice remains that as MPI cannot rule out potential contamination from these products, we recommend they are not fed to children until further notice.

*This advice stands regardless of batch numbers. It applies to all batches of these products on the market.

*Avoid these products name above, and dispose of any existing product.

* It is important that people do not consume any of the recalled products they may have purchased.

3. As there are lots of concerns from the public in this regard, the relevant authorities here in the Kingdom believe that the health of the consumers is of the utmost importance and hence the need for a precautionary recall of all batches of the Karicare products named above until all potentially affected batches have been traced.

4. Therefore, the relevant authorities have agreed to prohibit selling and using of the Karicare Products listed above in the Kingdom effective from today 8th of August 2013 until further notice.

5. The Relevant authorities will arrange a meeting and discussion with theBusinesses to seek proper ways of getting compensation.


Issued by: Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour. For more information please contact the Registry &Intellectual Property Division of the Ministry. Phone 23688 (Ext 122) or 24436

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 August 2013 20:20 )
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