14-03-2014 02:30 AM | New Zealand

Fonterra to plead guilty on eve of China visit

Days ahead of a bridge-building exercise by Prime Minister John Key in China, Fonterra said it would plead guilty to a series of charges stemming from a global food safety scare it sparked last year.

The Ministry for Primary Industries said yesterday it had laid four charges in the Wellington District Court against New Zealand's largest company, under the Animal Products Act, for failing to ensure the quality of exports or to inform the regulator when there were signs of trouble.

Fonterra immediately announced it had entered guilty pleas, with spokeswoman Maury Leyland saying the charges simply reflected the failings exposed by its own internal review.
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