Fonterra is making moves to mitigate the PR disaster that still swirls around them. They have sent two senior managers on leave.
One wonders how long before Nathan Guy gets the arse card?
It was telling that all the ‘splaining was left to Tim Groser and Nikki Kaye. If Nikki Kaye is preferred to speak on the issue instead of Nathan Guy then you know he is in trouble.
Fonterra has put two senior managers on leave as its probe into operational matters that led to a botulism bacteria scare deepens.
The move follows the resignation on Wednesday with immediate effect of Gary Romano, managing director of the dairy company’s New Zealand manufacturing operations.
Romano was Fonterra’s face during the food-safety scare nearly two weeks ago.
No details about the two managers are available.
The operational review is one of four investigations under way into the scare, which sparked recalls of baby formula and panic among New Zealand and Asian consumers.
A ministerial-led inquiry has been launched, along with an investigation by the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Fonterra board of directors is conducting its own inquiry.
The scare, involving a potentially contaminated whey protein ingredient sold by Fonterra for use in baby formula, sports drinks, and animal foods, has claimed no victims.
All products at risk of being contaminated by a bacteria that can cause botulism have been contained.