Parents concerned over 1080 infant formula threat

By Te Kāea

Parents around the nation are on high alert following the announcement of anonymous blackmail letters sent to Fonterra and Federated Farmers threatening to contaminate baby milk powder with 1080 poison if the Government did not stop using the poison 1080.

The letters received on November 2014 were accompanied by small packages of milk powder which subsequently tested positive for a concentrated form of 1080, the letters also threatened to go public with the threat towards the end of March if the Government did not stop using 1080.

In a press conference regarding the threat The Prime Minister reassured parents that the Government and Police had taken every precaution necessary to ensure the safety of infant formula products.

Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy says, “A lot of Government and Ministry departments that have been working closely with police, with MPI and the Department of the Prime Minister. What we have done over this period of time is a lot of work. We have pulled in the 20 manufacturers in New Zealand and some international and set up a testing regime for 1080 we have done over 40 thousand tests in the last few weeks what that has confirmed as we suspected, there are no traces of 1080 in any of our infant formula or any other of our formula products.“

Police and the Ministry of Primary Industries have advised people buying formula if they are concerned to check if there has been any tampering with the packaging.

While the Prime Minister has responded saying it is most likely a hoax he has advised that they are taking the threat seriously and the Government has done so, since the letters were received.