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t have to prove Fos was harming children. NZFSA compliance and investigation director Geoff Allen said New Zealand babies should not be used "as a test case".

"We are talking about the most vulnerable part of the New Zealand population and one that is the most exposed to this particular product. I don't think we could afford to take any risks," he said. "We have no evidence to show that this product is unsafe, causing illness or causing ill health in people in New Zealand. If we had, we would have recalled the product."

Nutricia Australia and New Zealand managing director Toni Brendish said the company was "extremely disappointed" and that its infant formulas were safe. She said Fos, also called inulin, had been a permitted food ingredient since 2001 and she was confused by the NZFSA's ruling.

The NZFSA and Nutricia say they will now go to court to seek a judicial interpretation of the laws involved.


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