Oh dear a ?number of people are going to be doing a massive face-palm over the news that there was never any Botulism in Fonterra’s products, including Bryce Edwards, the Labour and Green parties and Nathan Guy.

The Ministry for Primary Industries said it had received results confirming that the bacteria found in the whey protein concentrate (WPC) manufactured by Fonterra was not the botulism-causing clostridium botulinum, the ministry said.

“The organism is confirmed as Clostridium sporogenes. It is therefore not capable of producing botulism causing toxins,” the ministry said in a statement.

“There are no known food safety issues associated with Clostridium sporogenes, although at elevated levels certain strains may be associated with food spoilage,” it said.?

Fonterra didn’t handle the situation at all well, but notwithstanding that, the over the top reportage by the media really needs to now be closely looked at. The opposition parties also gleefully attempted to use the “Notulism” scare to attack the government.

There is clearly something wrong though at the Ministry for Primary Industries and Nathan Guy really neds to be holding their feet to the fire as there has been one cock up after another. If ?can’t or won’t do it then best get another minister.