A lot of the media have been referring to the contaminated whey scandal.
With everyone all abuzz about the latest Fonterra debacle, the MacDoctor thought it may be helpful to inject a little perspective into the situation by comparing it with the SanLu scandal.
|Introduced by:||Deliberate, For profit||Accidental|
|Discovered by:||Investigation after death of children||Routine Investigation|
|Time taken to public announcement:||5 weeks from confirmation||3 days from confirmation|
|Number injured||300 000||0|
|Number hospitalised||54 000||0|
Last night’s media release makes the contrast even greater – there was almost no time wasted in making a public announcement.
Contrary to earlier reports, Fonterra didn’t confirm tests until Friday and immediately notified the Ministry of Primary Industries and the public notices followed within hours.
That the company’s inept public relations was responsible for earlier information doesn’t reflect well on it.
Thankfully its food safety standards are considerably better than its initial communication led us to fear.
And for a completely different perspective The Civilian says Chinese media says problem with New Zealand economy is that New Zealand isn’t a ruthless dictatorship:
Chinese media have lashed out at New Zealand this week following the potential contamination of thousands of tins of baby formula by dairy giant Fonterra, saying that it was only able to happen because the country’s economy was not governed by a ruthless authoritarian state willing to terrify its citizens and companies into compliance.
Writing in the China Daily, columnist Huan Bai blamed the recent contamination scare on New Zealand’s “individualist philosophy” which “puts emphasis on personal freedoms ahead of efficiency,” and a laissez-faire economic system that allowed human beings to make choices for themselves, pursue their dreams and be content in their own fallibility without living in continual fear of execution if something goes wrong. . .