Written by Emma Upshall for FoodBev Media
Epicurean Dairy Limited, manufacturer of The Collective brand, and its former directors have been fined a total of NZD 483,000 ($310,859) for repeatedly failing to report positive listeria results, following an investigation by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
The New-Zealand dairy company – whose products include gourmet yogurts and yogurt pouches for children – and its former general manager Angus Allan, pleaded guilty to a total of 10 charges of failing to report positive environmental listeria results, in Waitakere District Court last week.
According to the MPI, a total of 190 positive listeria results, that were taken from a floor at the company’s factory in Avondale, went unreported between 2012 and 2016. The company also falsified official related records.