New Zealand police say suspected environmental activists are threatening to contaminate infant formula in a backlash against pesticide use. Paul Chapman reports.
New Zealand police are investigating a threat to contaminate baby formula. They say it could be linked to suspected environmental activists opposed to the use of pest control poison. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MIKE CLEMENT, DEPUTY COMMANDER OF NATIONAL POLICE OPERATIONS, SAYING: "While there is a possibility this is a hoax we have from the outset treated this threat as very serious." Letters and packages of baby formula laced with the poison were sent to the national farmers' group and dairy giant Fonterra in November. The Primary Industries Ministry is seeking to reassure consumers. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SCOTT GALLAGHER, DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES MINISTRY DIRECTOR-GENERAL, SAYING: "We have every confidence that any product on the shelves today for mums and dads is as safe as it is now as it was before the threat." Dairy products make up a quarter of New Zealand's export earnings and more than seven per cent of its GDP.