Wednesday, October 26, 2011

1080 poison scare in New Zealand meat

The following story appeared in The New Zealand Farmers Weekly, this week...

Stock link with 1080 checked   24/10/2011  Page eight.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry confirmed on Friday it is investigating an incident in the King Country where stock that may have come into contact with 1080 poison had been slaughtered and processed.

As a precautionary measure, the product in question has been retained. MAF is now continuing its investigations and working with pest control agencies to identify when 1080 was applied and whether the animals sent to slaughter were, in fact, at risk.

This is a standard response where there is a suspicion that there may be a problem with meat and/or meat products. The goods are being held to enable the investigation to determine their status.

Due to the fact that there is an investigation in train, MAF officials said they could not make any further comment about the incident.

The risk of 1080 poison terminating in NZ meat products is covered in the documentary Poisoning Paradise.

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