Abbott Vietnam recalls more baby formula on New Zealand firm's warning

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Dairy firm Abbott Vietnam Tuesday recalled another 4,387 cans of infant formula following continuing concern over whey concentrate from New Zealand tainted with botulin.

The company has received a note from the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries that the cans in question, though not made with the contaminated whey, could have been tainted since they were packed with the same equipment.

It is recalling 1.7-kilogram cans of Similac GainPlus EyeQ No.3 for children aged between one and three years from batches numbered 2563G53117 and 2676G53117.

On August 3 Abbott had been ordered by Vietnam's Ministry of Health to stop distributing the same product from 10 lots imported between June 17 and July 3 and recall cans that had been sold.

Vietnam had received a warning from the New Zealand embassy in Hanoi that some of the whey concentrate produced by Fonterra company was contaminated with the deadly Clostridium botulinum.

The concentrate has been exported to Vietnam, Australia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia for making infant formula among other products.

Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, had reported to New Zealand authorities after suspecting that a batch of whey contained the bacterium.

French dairy company Danone Vietnam on August 6 recalled Dumex Gold step 2 for children aged six-12 months.

The ministry also warned about Karicare formula made by New Zealand's Nutricia using Fonterra's whey concentrate.

Abbott and New Zealand authorities have both claimed not to have received any health-related complaints.

Theo Spierings, chief executive of Fonterra, was quoted by Reuters as saying last week that he would discuss with customers compensation payment to affected consumers.

The dairy giant has also come under fire in Sri Lanka after its milk powder was allegedly found tainted with farm chemical dicyandiamide used to increase crop yields.

Fonterra said August 10 it has completed recall of two batches of milk powder, Australian news website news.com.au reported.

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