Toxin Testing

Claire Ogilwy made this Official Information request to Department of Conservation

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From: Claire Ogilwy

Dear Department of Conservation,

Can you please advise why when you send samples for analysis in connection to 1080 poisoning to Landcare, why do you not ask for bone samples to be tested, fluorinated amino acids, elevated citrate levels, histopathological examination of skeletal muscle?

How do you and Landcare handle the samples. What testing method is used. What do they consider to be the threshold and is fluorocitrate included (which is the lethal synthesis of fluoroacetate). What evidence do you have of comparative studies - frozen vs fresh samples.

Why do you not record time between death and testing?

Thank you,

Claire Ogilwy

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From: Government Services
Department of Conservation

Dear Claire

On behalf of the Director-General of the Department of Conservation, I confirm receipt of your request below.

Your request has been forwarded to the relevant business group for processing. You will receive a reply by 4/2/19, in accordance with the requirements of the Official Information Act 1982.

Please note that the Ombudsman has set an OIA holiday from 25 December to 15 January. The 20 working days allowed for your response will be on hold over this period, and will continue again from 16 January.

Yours sincerely

Alan Moran
for Director-General

Alan Moran 
Government Services Advisor (Government Services)
Policy and Visitors Group
Department of Conservation–Te Papa Atawhai
Phone:  0275665778
Conservation House (Level 2) 19-32 Manners Street [ PO Box 10420, Wellington 6143 ]
Conservation for prosperity Tiakina te taiao, kia puawai

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From: Amber Bill
Department of Conservation

Attachment 18 E 1056 Departmental OIA Ogilwy DOC 5665519.pdf
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Good afternoon Ms Ogilwy, please find a reply to your 14 December OIA



Kind regards


Matt Barnett

Director Threats, Biodiversity (Acting)



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