Parents are being advised to check their baby’s formula packaging hasn’t been tampered with after a blackmail threat was revealed this afternoon.
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The advice from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) comes after Fonterra and Federated Farmers received anonymous letters late 2014 threatening to release infant and other formula contaminated with the toxin 1080.
The threats were accompanied by packages of milk powder that tested positive for 1080. The person making the threat said the contamination would occur if New Zealand didn’t stop using 1080 for pest control by late March.
What you need to know:
Foodstuffs, the owner of New World, Pak'nSave and Four Square supermarkets, is limiting customer purchases to two tins per customer per product line. Countdown is moving infant formula to behind service counters or Lotto desks.
MPI, with other government agencies and industry, has put additional measures in place to protect infant formula products, including