New Zealand PM to make milk scare apology in China
WELLINGTON (AFP) - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Tuesday that he will visit Beijing later this year to personally apologise to Chinese consumers over the Fonterra milk botulism scare.
China's baby formula market is worth around NZ$3 billion (S$3 billion) a year to New Zealand and Mr Key said apologising was an important step in restoring trust in his country's foodstuffs after the crisis, which resulted in global recalls.
He acknowledged it was unusual for a national leader to say sorry on behalf of a private company but said the reputation of Fonterra was inextricably tied with that of New Zealand as a whole.
"Fonterra are a private company owned by, largely, dairy farmers of New Zealand," he told TV3.