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Fonterra Provides Reassurance On Products From Coca-Cola, Wahaha And Vitaco

Fonterra tonight confirmed that the products of three of its customers that received whey protein concentrate (WPC80), Wahaha, Coca-Cola and Vitaco, are safe to consume because of the way they are manufactured.


These three beverage companies use whey protein concentrate in either UHT, yoghurt or acid beverage products.

Fonterra’s Managing Director of NZ Milk Products, Gary Romano, said: “Our technical teams have been working closely this weekend with Coca-Cola, Wahaha, and Vitaco and have established that the process used to manufacture their products would kill the bacteria that was in the affected whey protein concentrate.

“In the case of Coca-Cola and Wahaha, the combination of low pH and ultra-high temperature treatment gives us complete confidence that acid beverages and yoghurts (pH less than 4.5) are safe. In the case of Vitaco, the ultra-high temperature treatment gives us the same confidence.

“We appreciate the way these customers have worked so quickly with us through this process and are pleased to be able to reassure consumers of the safety of their products.”

Fonterra will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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The farmer-owned New Zealand co-operative is the largest processor of milk in the world, producing more than two million tonnes of dairy ingredients, value added dairy ingredients, specialty ingredients and consumer products every year. Drawing on generations of dairy expertise, Fonterra is one of the largest investors in dairy based research and innovation in the world. Our more than 16,000 staff work across the dairy spectrum from advising farmers on sustainable farming and milk production, to ensuring we live up to exacting quality standards and delivering every day on our customer promise in more than 100 markets around the world.


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