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Botulism Scare Halts N.Z. Milk-Powder Sales to China, Russia

China and Russia halted imports of some milk powder from New Zealand’s Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. after the largest dairy exporter warned of a contaminated ingredient. The kiwi dollar fell to a one-month low.

Russia temporarily suspended purchases of all New Zealand dairy products, Trade Minister Tim Groser said today at a press conference in Wellington. China stopped imports of whey protein and a dairy base powder from Fonterra used in infant formula, not all Fonterra milk powder as earlier stated by the Ministry for Primary Industries, Groser said.