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Infant Formula Contamination Threat

Information for Health Professionals and Parents

In November 2014 Fonterra and Federated Farmers received a threat to contaminate a range of milk formula products, including infant formula, with 1080 (fluoroacetate) if New Zealand did not stop using 1080 by the end of March 2015.

The threat was made public on the 10 March 2015, and is being treated as credible. While the threat referred to overseas markets, contamination of domestic markets cannot be ruled out. The threat has been the subject of an extensive Police and MPI investigation, and the Ministry of Health has prepared a package of information for health professionals and the public.

Community and Public Health encourages you to go to the Ministry of Health website www.health.govt.nz, which contains information regarding 1080, the testing regime of milk products implemented by MPI, symptoms of 1080 poisoning for infants, children, and adults, treatment, and reporting suspected 1080 poisoning cases. The website also provides links to specific information for parents and caregivers, general practitioners, Healthline and PlunketLine nurses, midwives, Well Child/Tamariki Ora nurses and dieticians, and hospital level secondary care.

Below are key messages from the Ministry of Health and other health authorities.:

Please check info on this page regularly for updates

Date and Time updated Link to more information
11/03/2015, 11:40am Health Alert: Contamination Threat Infant Milk Formula - from Dr Cheryl Brunton, Medical Officer of Health
10/03/2015, 5:00pm Contamination Threat - First response (West Coast DHB)

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