March 23, 2015


New Zealand infant formula declared safe



The New Zealand police have confirmed that the tins of infant formula collected from the public for testing were all found negative for the pesticide 1080.


The police, in a statement late last week, said the infant formula suspected of possible tampering by the public and sent for forensic analysis by police "have all tested negative for 1080."


"The infant formula in those tins was safe for infants to consume", police said.


In a separate statement, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) thanked New Zealanders for their "continued vigilance in checking infant and other formula products they purchase for signs of suspected tampering".


MPI Deputy Director-General Scott Gallacher said, "The parents who reported the suspected tampering are to be commended for immediately reporting this to Police".


"We continue to be confident that New Zealand infant and other formula is just as safe today as it was before this threat was made. People should keep using it as they always have, and to continue to be vigilant when buying infant and other formula by checking all product for tampering", he added.


Gallacher reassured all parents and caregivers in New Zealand and overseas that "everything is being done to ensure New Zealand infant formula bought from stores is safe and secure".


Andrew Hoggard, chair of the Federated Farmers of New Zealand for the dairy sector, said the country's dairy industry "is at large pleasantly surprised at the non-knee jerk reaction that has happened in the international dairy markets as the result of the 1080 scare.


"The reporting to date has been fairly well measured and thus the public has not been spooked. The market responses seem measured and rational and that is promising, and I want to pat the New Zealand public on the back for acting in a similar fashion".


New Zealand authorities earlier revealed that an unidentified blackmailer had threatened to contaminate baby formula made in the country with 1080 pesticide to protest its use, in a letter each sent to the Federated Farmers and Fonterra, the world's largest exporter of dairy products. Together with the letter was a package containing baby formula tainted with a concentrated form of 1080, which is used to control pests including rats and possums.


New Zealand responded with utmost urgency to the threat to its dairy industry, which drives the nation's economy, making it illegal for anyone to possess high purity 1080 without the appropriate approval.

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