Pressure still on for Fonterra

World View: New Zealand dairy company Fonterra has confirmed the resignation of its milk executive in the wake of a botulism scare.

Gary Romano fronted the media press conferences after baby formula products, potentially containing contaminated whey powder, were recalled in New Zealand and Asia earlier this month.

In a statement, available here, Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings said he accepted Romano’s resignation, effective immediately.

“Gary has made a significant contribution during his time at Fonterra and we respect his decision,” Spierings said.

Meanwhile, Fonterra says it’s working closely with authorities in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan after a precautionary recall in those countries.

The company says Fonterra products sold to the Russian market do not contain the whey protein concentrate that sparked the botulism scare. Its latest statement on this is available here.