29 Sep 2008

Melamine traces found in Tatua co-operative exports

9:13 pm on 29 September 2008

The Tatua Dairy Co-operative has suspended exports of the dairy product lactoferrin to Asia after the discovery of traces of melamine.

Lactoferrin is a highly processed food ingredient that is used in some baby formulas, milk drinks and other health drinks.

The Morrinsville-based co-operative company's chief executive, Paul McGilvary, says a Chinese customer found small amounts of the toxic chemical, but nothing that breaches New Zealand standards.

The Food Safety Authority says it expects to release the results of tests for melamine in lactoferrin on Tuesday.