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|
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Does the MacDoctor hold Fonterra in high regard here? No, the MacDoctor notes that Fonterra is up to its usual tricks of obfuscation. On the other hand, the contrast between a genuine Fonterra stuff up and a Chinese subsidiary one is pretty obvious.
What Fonterra needs to do to make good:
- An immediate release of the names of all the buyers of the potentially contaminated whey protein. There needs to be absolute transparency as to where that protein has gone. “unknown” will not cut it.
- An iron-clad guarantee that they will review all their processes concerning cleaning and inspection to ensure this will never happen again. Preferably they should invite the Chinese food safety authority to inspect everything when done.
- The resignation of Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings. A couple of mid-level managers will not do. China is an authoritarian nation and the buck always stops at the top. And, yes, the MacDoctor appreciates this is not terribly fair on Mr. Spierings.