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  1. Martin F
    Oct 28 - 9:27 pm

    New Zealand’s dairy operation is controlled by a single corporation, the Fonterra monopoly that isn’t much of a model. They have been involved in several serious food safety scandals, for example in China and at least 8 other countries, where their baby milk substitute was found to be contaminated with botulism. Also scandals with its milk powder last year in Sri Lanka has exposed the diary giant for what it really is. Of course they deny everything or hire PR companies to mend the record.

    Fonterra controls 95% of the milk market in New Zealand, so I fail to see how that is any better than – well, just about anything else. See Kiwiblog.co.nz for more debate.

  2. Thomas Reich
    Oct 29 - 10:07 am

    Thanks a lot. As always well researched article. And I would say spot on in the consequences. I seriously start to wonder why ordinary people (voters) keep accepting the conditions here. Now with winter approaching, the difference in standard of living between here and say Europe become starker again. Granted food and diet are very cultural items and not exactly comparable.
    But every human being likes a warm house and there are 4 seasons here, how come insulation is not anything taken serious here and double or triple paned windows the standard? Instead it’s still warm feet, but cold ears when sitting around the kotatsu.

  3. Josh P
    Nov 13 - 9:08 pm

    @Martin F
    You seem to be implying that Fonterra is a bumbling state protected monopoly which I think is a misrepresentation.
    Fonterra is a cooperative which pays out pretty well for NZ dairy farmers. 95% is not technically a monopoly. It is possible to sell milk to other processors but in most cases why would they bother?. Fonterra has made some mistakes but they’re not as serious as you make out. The 2008 Sanlu scandal was not their doing but they should have picked up on it. (See here: http://www.dairyreporter.com/Regulation-Safety/Fonterra-never-checked-Sanlu-s-products-in-China-melamine-scare-Study)
    The botulism scare was embarrassing but in the end it was just that, a scare. Something went wrong with the testing process. (See here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/28/us-newzealand-milk-contamination-idUSBRE97R04E20130828)
    I’m not a dairy farmer and if I were ideally I’d be selling my milk to a small cheesemaker next door not Fonterra but it felt like you had an axe to grind so I felt I should speak up.

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