採訪/田淨 編輯/黃億美 後製/郭敬
Contaminated Milk Exposed in New Zealand
Fonterra Group is the world’s largest dairy
processing enterprise, from New Zealand.
Recently, their concentrated whey protein
powder products were suspected to contain
Clostridium botulinum, which causes Botulism.
New Zealand authorities announced a
global recall of 1,000 tons of dairy products.
On August 6, officials were stationed at Fonterra to
ensure information was disclosed on the contamination.
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) state media took
the opportunity to extol the benefits of Chinese milk.
However, Chinese consumers
still do not trust domestic milk.
When food poisoning incidents occur,
foreign companies announce the incident.
The foreign governments also supervised it.
However, Chinese authorities are always trying to cover
up these incidents, and do not supervise investigations.
This has resulted in repeated food poisoning incidents.
Many people believe that it is not only a moral
issue, but also a national institutional issue.
The New Zealand Economic Development
Minister Stephen Joyce commented on August 6.
New Zealand government officials have been stationed
Fonterra office locations in New Zealand and Australia.
He said that this is to ensure Fonterra provide precise
information on Botulism contamination events.
Leading global dairy plant Fonterra first released news
on August 2 that about 400,000 tons of whey protein
materials may be affected by Clostridium botulinum.
This impacts eight clients, with
three being Chinese enterprises.
Fonterra Chief Executive Theo Wiggins held
a press conference in Beijing on August 5.
He publicly apologized to China and other affected
areas, and said it had confirmed that 90% of the
affected products in the market are now secure.
The remaining 10% will be recalled within 48 hours.
Theo Wiggins apologized, and specifically mentioned China.
In the first half of the year, 83.3% of imported
milk powder in China was from New Zealand.
New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key was interviewed on TV.
He apologized on the same day news was released, and
expressed concern for the future New Zealand dairy exports.
In addition, the New Zealand government also
appointed 60 officials to deal with the incident,
and to provide updated information to the public.
Xing Tianxing, Commentator: “At least Chinese
people saw that issues with products overseas were
generally detected by manufacturers themselves.
They immediately began to implement contingency
measures, sincerely apologized, and recalled products.
Once they had detected the problems, they
publicized it to prevent harm to people.
They do not intend to hide anything."
However, CCP state media took the opportunity to
discuss the benefits of using Chinese milk products.
It encouraged people to purchase domestic milk. CCP
state controlled Xinhua News Agency also commented.
Food safety issues exist in foreign and domestic markets,
and people should not blindly trust foreign milk products.
Chinese people did not believe in the propaganda.
Some netizens said that this incident with foreign
milk powder had a preventive recall on products.
Domestic milk incidents are only
reported when someone dies from it.
Netizen “Model Brother" said that the foreign milk
powder contamination is due to lack of supervision.
This is equivalent of negligent homicide.
Chinese domestic milk had Melamine artificially added,
which is intentional, and equivalent to intentional homicide.
Xing Tianxing: “It doesn’t matter how CCP propaganda
suggests the quality of overseas products are poor.
They cannot change Chinese people’s
enthusiasm for buying overseas milk.
After the Sanlu incident, we also know that
poisonous milk problems are still not resolved.
Toxic ingredients were increasingly used.
Generally speaking, the Chinese people have
become more aware that China’s product quality
problems were caused by the CCP system."
From indications on the internet, parents in
China still do not trust domestic infant formula.
Netizen “Miss Feng" commented in a microblog.
Chinese people can only engage in public opinion, which
disrespects foreign milk, and promotes domestic milk.
However, domestic milk quality problems are
covered up, so which mother trusts domestic milk?
Miss Tian: “Foreign monitoring mechanisms are
comprehensive. Testing personnel are responsible.
Once a problem is revealed, they
take the initiative to expose it.
This is not like China, where it is covered up.
In the hospital room after giving birth, many mothers
said they would not buy domestic milk powder at all.
They always been buying online
from international suppliers abroad."
In 2008, the Chinese milk scandal was exposed.
It is known that Fonterra first discovered the
problem of Melamine in Sanlu milk powder.
It reported this to the New Zealand government,
and allowed the public to know about it.
The Chinese people did not dare drink
Chinese produced infant milk from then on.