6 Aug 2013

Spierings meeting Chinese over contamination issue

6:43 am on 6 August 2013

Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings is meeting Chinese biosecurity officials to bring them up to speed on how New Zealand dairy products became contaminated with a potentially lethal bacteria.

He is meeting China's equivalent of the Ministry for Primary Industries, known as AQSIQ, to explain what went wrong and why Fonterra product is being recalled.

Mr Spierings said he will answer any questions the Chinese regulators have around the contamination incident as he tries to get the Chinese ban on Fonterra whey products lifted.

He said he went to China late last week so he could be in the dairy industry's key market to provide reassurance when the contamination was announced.

Mr Spierings said he will stay in Beijing until the situation is stable and manageable.