New Zealand botulism scare prompts China, Russia to halt imports

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – China and Russia have halted imports of some New products in response to a scare, according to officials.

New Zealand dairy announced Saturday that up to 1,000 tons of infant formula, and other products sold in seven could be tainted after tests turned up bacteria in whey that could cause botulism.

Ministry for Primary Industries Acting Director-General Scott Gallacher said Monday that China has halted imports of all Fonterra and , whether sent from New Zealand or .

He said Russia has placed a wider ban on all New Zealand dairy products, even though Russia wasn’t among the countries to receive tainted products.

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