Testing regime for cereal used in toxic baits

S C McKee made this Official Information request to Department of Conservation

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From: S C McKee

Dear Department of Conservation,
What types of cereals or blends of cereals are used in prefeed and in poison baits used by the Department of Conservation?

What is the country of origin of these cereals?

Please describe the routine testing control regime to determine the quality of cereal used in prefeed and/or in poison baits?

Which authority is responsible for any tests or quality control of cereal used in pre-feed and/or 1080 or brodifacoum poison baits?

How does the Department of Conservation ensure that the grains in the toxic baits they use do not contain spores or other biosecurity risks ?

What peer reviewed research or other information does the Deaprtment rely on for the scientific assessment of toxic bait cereals and their potential contamination with fungal spores, including aflatoxins and phytophthera?

Please give results of any cereal testing programmes carried out over the last 3 years, the methodology used and the organisation carrying out the tests.

Yours faithfully,
Stephanie McKee

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