INDEPENDENT NEWS

Pest control firm praises ‘exemplary’ 1080 investigation

Published: Fri 18 Dec 2015 11:39 AM
18 DECEMBER 2015
Pest control firm praises ‘exemplary’ 1080 investigation
Animal Control Products (ACP), the State-Owned Enterprise that imports 1080 and manufactures 1080 bait products for pest control in New Zealand, today congratulated the Police on arresting and charging the blackmailer who threatened to contaminate infant formula with 1080 poison.
Chief executive William McCook said ACP was pleased to have been able to assist the Police with their investigation, in particular with some of the technical and historical aspects of their investigation.
He said the Police had done an exemplary job in tracking down and bringing the blackmailer to justice, and that the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) approach to protecting consumers and ensuring infant formula was safe was well-coordinated.
“This was a very challenging and meticulously-conducted investigation, and a great credit to the Police and MPI for how this was handled.
“They have brought to justice the perpetrator of a crime that has cost the country millions of dollars and had the potential to cause huge damage both to our export dairy industry and to our ability to protect our environment from pests,” said Mr McCook.
He said that 1080 remains our most important tool for large-scale pest-control operations, and that it is one of the most closely monitored hazardous substances in New Zealand.
“The public can be confident that the processes around the manufacture and use of 1080 in pest control operations is subject to rigorous, world-class health and safety precautions, and that it is doing its job to protect our environment.
“The blackmailer’s day in court coincided with the release of the Environmental Protection Authority’s annual report on the aerial use of 1080 which found that the 1080 programme “is working as intended, with the benefits of using 1080 being seen while the risks are minimised.”
“Some very pleasing new evidence of the benefits of 1080 use came to light just two weeks ago in the form of a pair of kōkako found nesting for the first time ever outside of the intensively managed kōkako conservation area,” said Mr McCook.
He said the blackmail threat had cast a shadow over the conservation and pest control sectors and industry participants were pleased to see the matter being brought to a conclusion. He said they looked forward to seeing the as yet unnamed ‘businessman’ named and dealt with appropriately by the criminal justice system.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices
By: New Zealand Government
Govt Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector
By: New Zealand Government
Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report
By: Child Poverty Action Group
NZUS Council Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ
By: NZUS Council
Visa Extensions Welcomed By BusinessNZ
By: Business NZ
Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party Welcomes Conversion Therapy Prohibition Bill
By: Green Party
Te Pāti Māori Welcomes Announcement Of ‘Ban Conversion Therapy’ Bill
By: The Maori Party
The Salvation Army Supports Proposed Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill
By: Salvation Army
Commission Releases Draft Report On Competition In The Retail Grocery Sector
By: Commerce Commission
Government Plays A Role In Increasing Cost Of Food
By: New Zealand National Party
Commerce Commission Spends Millions Finding Out What We Already Knew
By: ACT New Zealand
Supermarket Competition ‘not Working Well’ For Kiwis – Expert Reaction
By: Science Media Centre
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media