Fonterra to fight injunction

New Zealand’s Fonterra, the world’s top dairy exporter, said on Monday an injunction banning the sale of its products in Sri Lanka because of alleged contamination was incorrect and unjustified and it will fight the ban, a Reuters news report said.On Friday, a Sri Lankan court banned the sale and advertising of all Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd milk products for two weeks. A trade union had sought the court ban because Fonterra products suspected of being contaminated with the agricultural chemical dicyandiamide (DCD) were still on the market. “We strongly refute the allegations on which this injunction has been made,” Johan Priem, Fonterra’s managing director Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, said in a statement issued to the New Zealand stock exchange. The Sri Lankan ban comes as Fonterra looks to recover from the global food scare caused by the finding of a bacteria that can cause botulism in whey protein concentrate, which is used in infant formula and other products.That contamination scare sparked product recalls and bans on some Fonterra products in countries including China, Russia and Vietnam. “Our independent testing has found no traces of DCD in any Fonterra branded products in Sri Lanka and no affected whey protein concentrate or products containing it have been sent to the country,” Priem said.Fonterra has said it would fight the official Sri Lankan ban, and is looking at legal options regarding Friday’s injunction. Fonterra said last week it had withdrawn two batches of milk powder allegedly containing DCD under orders from Sri Lankan authorities, although it has disputed the accuracy of the testing. read more

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Video of this weeks Town Halls now online

Video of this week’s two Town Halls is now available online for faculty and staff.Held Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20, the sessions were the latest in a series of Town Halls held on campus to discuss the future of the University.Senior administration spent time during each event discussing Brock’s new Strategic Plan, as well as implications faced by the University as a result of the Government of Ontario’s Jan. 17 announcement.Video of Tuesday’s Town Hall can be found by going to this link, while Wednesday’s Town Hall can be viewed at this link. Both require viewers to log in with their Brock employee username and password.The slideshow used in the Town Hall presentations is available on SharePoint by logging in with a Brock employee username and password.The Town Halls come in the midst of the University’s annual budget process, which continues Friday, when the budget will be presented to Senate’s Planning, Priorities and Budget Advisory Committee. The committee will have an opportunity to submit questions regarding the document to be answered by Friday, March 29. At that point, the committee will be asked to pass a motion for Senate’s consideration at an April 10 meeting that “the budget is consistent with the academic policy of the University.” read more

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