Zimbabwe: Nestlé stops buying milk from Mugabe's wife's farm

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2 October 2009

Nestlé stops buying Mugabe farm milk

Author: Associated Press

Nestle says it will stop buying milk from Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife's farm after facing worldwide boycott threats. The international food company said in a statement Thursday that it had been buying from Grace Mugabe's farm because the cash-strapped national Dairy Board could not. Nestle said they didn't want the milk to go to waste and wanted to boost the country's deteriorating food supply. Nestle says it will now stop as the dairy board has resumed buying milk.

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1 October 2009

Nestlé Zimbabwe - new statement

Author: Nestlé Zimbabwe

The Dairy Board of Zimbabwe today informed the Gushungo Dairy Estate, and the 7 other farms with whom Nestlé began working on a temporary basis in February 2009, that it is now in a position to resume purchasing their milk. Nestlé Zimbabwe therefore will no longer be receiving milk from these 8 farms from Sunday 4 October.

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30 September 2009

Dairy firm may have breached Robert Mugabe sanctions [Zimbabwe]

Author: Sebastien Berger, Daily Telegraph [UK]

A dairy company linked to the Tetra Pak [part of Tetra Laval] packaging empire has admitted it may have breached Zimbabwe sanctions by selling hundreds of thousands of pounds of equipment to Robert Mugabe's wife's farm… DeLaval, a leading equipment firm based in Sweden…owned by the Rausing dynasty…The Mugabes are subject to targeted sanctions by the European Union … DeLaval’s spokesman [said]… “At the time of this transaction, we had no knowledge or reason to believe that the beneficial owner of the farm was Mrs Mugabe…Unfortunately our internal control systems have failed and we will initiate a project to review and strengthen them.”…Spokesman for Tetra Laval [said]: “Tetra Laval was not previously aware of this transaction…this transaction should never have been approved.”

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