Fongterror product recall

It was pretty bad when Fongterror was putting melamine into Chinese baby food products but now they are putting metal into butter:

Fonterra has recalled two ranges of butter after receiving complaints that metal objects were found in the products.

Fonterra managing director Peter McClure said two isolated complaints had been received and there were no reports of anyone being injured by the “fine metal objects”.

The products being recalled are: 500g Mainland salted butter, with a best before date of January 10, 2013 (batch CV12) and 500g Anchor salted butter with a best before date of January 26, 2013 (batch CV28).

“The voluntary recall is a precautionary measure as there can be no compromise when it comes to product quality or the health and safety of our consumers,” McClure said.

The products should be returned to the point of purchase in their packaging for a full refund and not be consumed, he said.

Don’t their product lines have metal detectors and rare earth magnets to test product for metal objects?


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  • Anonymous

    Drawing a long bow there Whale. 
    It would not be possible to construct a 100% accurate detection system that would absolutely detect the product of a stripped thread or abrasion filings produced within the high speed packaging machinery used in the dairy industry without being constantly stopping the line when false positives are recorded.  Millions have been spent to provide the best available technology in Fonterra’s plants and the systems are in place for product tracing and recall if the only 100% inspection regime (consumer use) detects something unusual.  Its about as good as it gets.

    Tough using magnets to detect metal contamination when you are producing canned butter  as well (although I concede this does not appear to be canned product)

    •  So how much iron does butter naturally contain?

  • Anonymous

    I’m curious thiough about the 2 batch numbers being so far apart.  This would indicate a potential problem in the buttermaking process with the two labels coming from a common production batch at the churn level rather than at the packaging plant.  In that case the amount of metal may be minute and distributed among several tons of butter in which case 99 out of 100 454gm pats would have no detectable contamination even if you dissolved all the product and put it through a fine lab filter.

    •  Doesn’t salted butter have a longer shelf live so they would have been packaged at the same time I think.

      • Anonymous

        The two packaged cyphers were both salted as I read it.  If a fault had been detected in the original manufacturing plant, it is conceivable that one product batch was packaged into multiple package cyphers.  In between there may have been a bunch of Anchor oer Mainland or export label or house brand cyphers which have been held in the warehouse, caught at sea or were unsalted and therefore from a different production batch.

  • joe bloggs

    Last year I installed a Ceia THS/MS21 multi-spectrum metal-detector into a new plant for a client. It’s the only metal detector to use multiple frequencies simultaneously to achieve the most sensitive metal detection while compensating for product effect conditions.

    The calibration reference samples that the detector uses range from a 1.2 mm diameter magnetic ball to a 1.5mm non-ferrous ball. That’s considered ultra-high sensitivity for reference samples in a 250mm wide by 125mm high nominal working aperture.

    The products being scanned are 500g trays, much the same size and shape as a 500g pat of butter. So a piece of ferrous metal smaller than 1mm in diameter is unlikely to be detected even by the most sensitive of metal detectors.

    As for rare earth magnets – food processing is most usually done through plants constructed of 316 grade stainless steel, so as to ensure that there’s no corrosion despite high acid/alkali clean-in-place systems.

    Brass, aluminum, copper, and most stainless steels, are non ferrous, so  rare earth magnets will not pull out inclusions coming from these metals.

    Davidw99 is on the mark – and I’m afraid that you’re drawing a long bow Cam…

  • jay cee

    shame on you cam attacking fonterra the epitome of a monopolistic capitalism in this country
    never fear i’m sure the it  will be found to be the work of a lazy unionist,state house dwelling maori teacher (moonlighting) with lots of children from different fathers who’s rorting the benefit system to boot. there that should cover the usual rants here.