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NZ Police follow leads on infant formula scare

NEW Zealand police say they have received dozens of calls and emails in relation to the 1080 formula threat since it was made public on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement said police had received 42 calls and emails.

Earlier this week, police revealed anonymous threats made to Fonterra and Federated Farmers last November.

The organisations rec

eived letters containing milk powder, which later tested positive for pesticide 1080.

The letters said baby formula would be poisoned unless the government stopped using 1080 for pest control by the end of this month.

Police were busy visiting dairies to distribute information to retailers and consumers.

Meanwhile, a New Zealand milk powder shipment was stopped at the Chinese border.

Infant Formula Exporters Association's Chris Claridge said it was "quite normal" for Chinese authorities to request documentation on possible affected imports following such a scare.

But he said the government should have informed exporters before shipments left NZ ports.

The Health Ministry chief advisor for child and youth health also said anxiety from parents had reduced.



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