Fonterra executive resigns after botulism milk scare
WELLINGTON (AFP) - A top executive at dairy giant Fonterra resigned on Wednesday following a botulism milk scare that sparked global recalls and tainted the New Zealand food industry's "clean, green" image.
Fonterra's managing director of NZ Milk Products Gary Romano has quit, effective immediately, the company said in a brief statement.
Fonterra did not provide a reason for Mr Romano's departure, with chief executive Theo Spierings saying only: "Gary has made a significant contribution during his time at Fonterra and we respect his decision."
Mr Romano and Mr Spierings were the public faces of the company as it tried to deal with the fallout in key markets such as China of recalls of Fonterra-related products over concerns they could be tainted with a bacteria that can cause potentially fatal botulism.