Imprisonment for breaching Court order against selling unlicensed animal remedies

21 September 2001

A man who continued to "flout the law for a period from October 1998 to at least March or April 2000" by the sale of an unlicensed animal remedy while under a High Court injunction has been sentenced today to one month in prison.

Robert Pickering appeared in the High Court in Hamilton after being issued with a writ to arrest for continuing to sell the product Fertex, an injectable form of zinc, despite an injunction against its sale and use in breach of a High Court injunction.

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Director of Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicine, Debbie Morris says the rare injunction against Pickering and the subsequent custodial sentence for breaching that injunction reflects the seriousness of Mr Pickering’s continued sale and use of the unlicensed animal remedy "Fertex".

"MAF welcomes the development of any remedy proven to be acceptable from domestic food safety, animal welfare and international trade perspectives."

"In the case of Fertex, however, we have not been given technical information to show that it is manufactured in an approved facility and that it meets accepted minimum standards to show safety to targeted species, users, consumers and the environment."

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is once again warning any farmers who may have the product not to use it. Since the introduction of the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997 on 1 July 2001 any person caught using or selling an unlicensed animal remedy can face a fine of up to $30,000 while companies face penalties of up to $150,000.

In addition, it is also illegal to sell animals that have been treated with an agricultural compound outside the Act. Any stock detected either at processing plants or sale yards which are known to have been treated with an agricultural compound in contravention of the Act may be disposed of and farmers will not receive compensation for their loss.

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Debbie Morris, Tel. 04-474-4141 or 021-888-267.

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