Powdered 1080 sent to Fonterra not from New Zealand, claims manufacturer

This is an interesting twist

New Zealand’s biggest manufacturer of 1080 products believes concentrated 1080 sent to Fonterra and Federated Farmers as part of a blackmail threat came from overseas.

Police yesterday revealed they had spent more than three months investigating a blackmail threat to poison New Zealand milk products but said they now needed help from the public.

Fonterra and Federated Farmers were sent a letter each in November containing a blackmail threat and powder, which tested positive for concentrated forms of 1080. No more correspondence had been received from the letter writer since.

William McCook, chief executive of State-owned enterprise Animal Control Products (ACP) said his company was New Zealand’s principal manufacturer of 1080 products and used it to control such pests as possums, rats and stoats.

“Hopefully the police will find whoever has brought this into the country and deal with it quickly and effectively.”

The most commonly used form of 1080 in New Zealand was compressed cereal bait, which had an active 1080 element of 0.15 percent and was applied at a rate of 1-2kg per hectare.

Mr McCook did not believe it would be possible to grind up the cereal bait enough to produce the powder sent to Fonterra and Federated Farmers.

I suspect that if the authorities have not progressed on this case since November last year, other than to test supply chains and implement additional security, then unless the same people decide to take the risk of making another move, we’ll never know who they were.