News Summary: China, Russia halt some NZ imports

DAIRY SCARE: A botulism scare has prompted China and Russia to stop importing some New Zealand dairy products, New Zealand officials said Monday.

TAINTED WHEY: New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra announced Saturday that hundreds of tons of infant formula, sports drinks and other products sold in seven countries could be tainted after tests found bacteria in whey protein concentrate that could cause botulism.

REPUTATION TARNISHED: How long the trade halts last could indicate the extent of the damage to New Zealand’s reputation as a source of top-quality dairy products. Dairy and other agricultural exports power the country’s economy, and China is its single biggest export market.

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