In October 2018, FGC wrote to the Government suggesting a review of the law regarding malicious tampering and consumer goods. This followed the high-profile ‘needles in strawberries’ issues in Australia, and further copycat incidents there and in New Zealand.

We included with the letter an analysis done for us by law firm Simpson Grierson which we had sent to the previous Government in 2015 after a threat was made to contaminate infant formula with the poison 1080.

In November 2018, the Minister for Food Safety responded that an MPI review in response to the 2015 analysis had found that there were a wide range of offences and penalty provisions that could be used to address such incidences, and that “Our position on this matter has not changed and our laws have continued to be fit for purpose.”