Overseas regulators give NZ a message on DCD “Tell us before you tell media”

Ministry for Primary Industries  Director-General Wayne McNee says overseas regulators have  said they would like to know about issues like DCD residues in NZ dairy products before information is given to the media.

McNee says none of the dairy products recently destroyed by Chinese authorities contained DCD residues. China’s food quality authority’s met recent quarterly list of products that have not complied with labelling and other regulations included 97 kilos of NZ milk products. Fonterra said none of its exports to China were among those destroyed.

McNee said the rejected products did not include any containing traces of the nitrification inhibitor DCD found earlier in some New Zealand milk samples.

Any DCD residues found have been well below the European Union daily intake levels.


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