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NZ dairy exec resigns in wake of botulism scare

Senior manager at New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra resigns in wake of botulism scare

NZ dairy exec resigns in wake of botulism scare

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A senior manager at New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has resigned in the wake of a botulism scare.

Fonterra said Wednesday that Gary Romano had already left the company. In his role as managing director of New Zealand Milk Products, Romano oversaw the tainted product line that sparked a global recall.

Fonterra announced this month that hundreds of tons of infant formula could be tainted after tests found bacteria in whey protein concentrate that can cause botulism. Fonterra said last week that a recall of the products had been successful, with no reported cases of people contracting botulism.

Romano was part of a team of managers that reported directly to Fonterra Chief Executive Theo Spierings.

Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, declined to elaborate on Romano's reasons for leaving.


Updated : 2021-01-22 14:00 GMT+08:00