Baby milk affair storm in teacup: Nestle CEO

Zurich, Nov 24 | Updated: Nov 24 2005, 05:51am hrs
Nestles chief executive dismissed a recall of millions of litres of baby milk products in Europe as a storm in a teacup on Wednesday and said the move would not affect results at the worlds largest food company.

Chief executive and chairman Peter Brabeck said the recalled milk products, which contained traces of ink from their Tetra Pak packaging, posed no risks to health. Its nothing. Its a storm in a teacup, Mr Brabeck told journalists at a Zurich business event. There is no risk to safety.

On Tuesday, Italian police seized around 30 million litres of baby milk produced by Nestle after tests showed it was contaminated with traces of ink.

Swiss-based Nestle said the chemical substance was not harmful but announced it was recalling infant food products in Italy, Spain, Portugal and France because of the problem.

Mr Brabeck said the recall affected 2 million litres of liquid baby food products in Italy.

Italian authorities swept hundreds of packets of milk off supermarket shelves and out of depots around the country.


Recall to cost $2.9 million

Nov 23: Nestle SA chief executive Peter Brabeck said the Swiss food makers recall of baby milk in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal is a non-event and will cost the company $2.9 million at most. It is an industry issue not a safety issue, Mr Brabeck said on Wednesday in an interview in Zurich.