Dicyandiamide (DCD) poses no risk to infant formula products

The Infant Nutrition Council supports the New Zealand government’s statement that dairy products that were found with minute traces of Dicyandiamide (DCD) in September 2012 are safe.

The Ministry for Primary Industries Director-General Wayne McNee’s statement says, “The detection of these small DCD residues poses no food safety risk. DCD itself is not poisonous.

The traces of DCD found in some products last year were around 100 times lower than acceptable levels under European food safety limits. The use of DCD in New Zealand has since been suspended.

The Ministry for Primary Industries says there has been no use of DCD on New Zealand pastures since September 2012, and now that its use has been suspended, the chance that New Zealand dairy products currently in production will have DCD residues is minimal.

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Releasedate: 29 January 2013

For further information about this issue please visit the Ministry of Primary Industries’ website www.mpi.govt.nz/news-resources/news/new-zealand-government-assures-safety