Shortage of Brown Sugar in New Zealand

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A shortage of brown sugar has hit New Zealand.

The shortage comes after the Food Safety NZ ordered a mass recall of brown sugar in New Zealand due to fears of lead contamination.

The country’s only sugar refinery, NZ Sugar Limited, has been forced to recall four lots of its sugar products after low levels of lead were detected in some of its batches.

Food Safety New Zealand is investigating the handling of the recall.

The company expects it will have sugar back in supply by Christmas, but until then home bakers are having to ditch some of their favourite recipes.

The issue has effected home-bakers and small bakeries. Some food operators have informed their customers via social media they will halt production, until the sugar hits the shelves. Meanwhile, large bakeries are offering to portion out their bulk bags and sell small packs to those desperate for a sugar-fix.

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