AgResearch test narrowed down botulinum strain in whey, since disproved

Wed, 28 Aug 2013

Aug. 28 (BusinessDesk) – AgResearch, a Crown Research Institute, played a key role in identifying bacteria in batches of Fonterra Cooperative Group whey protein concentrate as a strain that could cause botulism, according to an initial report by the Ministry for Primary Industries. The test result has since been contradicted by a barrage of secondary tests commissioned by MPI and released today, which showed the bacteria to be clostridium sporogenes, which isn’t typically a food safety risk, not clostridium botulinum. “We sought additional t...

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