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Healthcare Ministry: No official Fonterra supplies to Belarus

MINSK, 6 August (BelTA) – The Healthcare Ministry of Belarus is looking closely into possible imports of the products of New Zealand’s company Fonterra into the country, BelTA learnt from head of the department of hygiene, epidemiology and preventive measures of the Healthcare Ministry Yuri Fyodorov.

“According to the data, there have been no official supplies of Fonterra products to Belarus. This information was confirmed by the authorities of New Zealand who were the first to provide information on the product containing the bacteria which can potentially cause botulism. Today we are checking if the product could have got to the country by any other ways. The check will be completed within two or three days,” Yuri Fyodorov said.

The Healthcare Ministry of Belarus has launched checks on possible supplies of Fonterra products to the country after Rospotrebnadzor (the Federal Service for Control in the Sphere of Protection, Customers’ Rights and Well-Being of Humans) introduced a ban on 3 August on the use of these products in Russia in view of the information on possible contamination of the products.

Fonterra is the world’s fourth biggest dairy producer with annual production of 2 million tonnes. The company sells into 100 countries. Its biggest customers are Australia, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America.