The man found guilty of threatening to add 1080 to infant milk formula has been jailed for eight and a half years.
. . .Jeremy Hamish Kerr (60) previously admitted two counts of blackmail and the High Court at Auckland this morning heard the cost of the crime to the country was more than $37 million. . .
By March 2015, police had 36 full-time staff on the case, resulting in a $5 million bill for the taxpayer. . .
Fonterra managing director of people, culture and safety Maury Leyland said the company lost more than $20m because of the threats and subsequent response. . .
And the Ministry of Primary Industries’ deputy director-general regulation and assurance Scott Gallacher discussed the “significant impact” on the country’s entire economy.
The ministry’s bill came to $4.2m as a result of Kerr’s actions.
“It was one of the most challenging responses MPI . . . had ever staged,” Mr Gallacher said.
“Complex interactions and negotiations were required on international and domestic fronts.”
Had those negotiations not been successful, it could have seen a $7.5 billion reduction in GDP in the 2015 calendar year, he said. . .
LOSS TO THE COUNTRY
Fonterra – $20m+
Other dairy companies – $47,000 – $1.9m
Federated Farmers – $100,000+
Foodstuffs and Progressive Enterprises – $1.7m
MPI – $4.2m
Police – $5m
TOTAL = $37m+
Most of those costs have been and gone.
The cost of added safety checks and on-going security at all milk processing plants is continuing.
The only good thing about this whole saga is that New Zealand’s reputation for producing safe food has been strengthened.