Baby formula, feared tainted, destroyed en route to stores

BATCHES of baby formula, that were feared to contain deadly bacteria, have been destroyed before arriving in Australia.

An alert was issued at the weekend after Nutricia - the maker of the popular formula announced several batches were made with a whey power contaminated by the bacteria Clostridium, which can cause Botulism.

The contamination was believed to have occurred at New Zealand's Waikato plant last year.

An unsanitary pipe was to blame.

Boxes of the formula were being shipped from New Zealand to Australia when the alert was issued.

The Department of Agriculture released a statement saying it was working closely with New Zealand authorities to ensure Australian consumers were protected from the bacteria.

According to, a spokeswoman for Nutricia said the batch was being quarantined and would not be sold.

Topics:  baby formula botulism

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