Dairy is one of the product categories that New Zealand is world famous for. It’s one of our biggest exports! We boast of happy cows that eat green grass and drink clear water from our streams. We have delicious milk, probably ranking among the world’s best. Oh we have such a good name. If we lose our reputation as one of the world’s top sources of dairy products, the economic repercussions will certainly affect every kiwi at home and abroad. Well we’ll soon find this out first hand, because our milk’s reputation HAS been tarnished.
Sri Lanka has alleged that kiwi milk producer Fonterra has supplied the country with milk contaminated by botulinium bacteria, which causes botulism. Authorities in New Zealand and in the countries involved have formed investigation committees to look into this, but while all that’s underway, the company’s managing director Gary Romano has resigned, and Fonterra milk products have been pulled out of the shelves in many different countries in the Asia Pacific.
Just how badly this will affect us, we’ll only know how bad it is when the dust has finally settled. But we should all be worried, because we are dependent on our dairy businesses. Wool used to be a far more important export – when had that changed? Well, no matter, we have shifted to dairy, for better or for worse. And we have to pick ourselves up from this scandal and clean up our act, as soon as possible, with no time to lose.
What do with our milk supply in the meantime? Future orders will definitely decline. Perhaps the powers that be can think of ways to use all that product. Of course we have our cheeses and baby formulas and other food products, but perhaps we should invest in some research and development for non-food applications of dairy. Perhaps venture into milk-based beauty products? Why not? Beauty is big business, given the demand for Botox and dermal fillers, which you can avail at Juvae. If Jordan can market its mud and salt, and if Turkey can boast of its argan oil, then perhaps our beloved New Zealand can contribute milk-based bath and toiletry products.