Australia-Cargill lose export license.

AUSTRALIA-CARGILL Australia’s export licences to Japan and the US have been suspended.

The suspension is for meat products processed at the company’s Wagga Wagga plant in NSW.

It follows the discovery of E.coli bacteria contamination in some of its products.

A spokeswoman for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service said the organisation was notified by the exporter of positive test results for E.coli.

"Immediately on notification, AQIS advised importing authorities and helped isolate the contaminated goods," she said.

"All contaminated products have been traced and will not enter commerce. There is no risk to consumers here or overseas."

A Cargill spokesman said the company hoped AQIS would "very soon" approve exports to the important US and Japan markets.

The problem occurred when there was a breakdown in control procedures, which had since been reviewed, he said.