A 60-year-old businessman suspected of threatening to contaminate infant formula in New Zealand has been charged with blackmail. Paul Chapman reports.
The 60-year-old businessman suspected of threatening to poison infant formula in New Zealand has been charged with two counts of blackmail. He's appeared before a court in Auckland after an 11-month investigation. Letters were sent to the national farmers' group and dairy giant Fonterra last November demanding and end to the use of the toxic pesticide 1080. The letters were accompanied by packages of infant formula laced with the pesticide. Police say there was no risk to the public. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND POLICE COMMISSIONER, MIKE BUSH, SAYING: "We've done everything to ensure that the public weren't in danger through our investigation. But, equally as importantly through managing food safety, there was a huge testing regime, massive public appeal, massive awareness by the public, so we've done everything to ensure, collectively, that the public weren't endangered." Investigators say they believe the accused man acted alone but inquiries were continuing.