31 Oct 2019

Yoghurt company fined for listeria cover-up

From Morning Report, 6:11 am on 31 October 2019

A food safety expert says it's inexcusable "The Collective" yoghurt company, Epicurean Dairy, covered up positive tests for listeria.

The company and two directors have been fined $483,000, for hiding the fact that over 4.5 years, the company's West Auckland factory tested positive for the bacteria 235 times.

Massey University microbiologist and food safety professor Steve Flint says that was pure luck it didn't make it onto supermarket shelves.