1080 is an animal poison used to control pests, particularly possums. Learn what controls are in place to make sure 1080 can't harm people.

Controls ensure food is safe

The following controls help to ensure that food is safe from 1080:

  • Livestock must be kept away from areas where 1080 is being used.
  • Signs must be put up in areas treated with 1080 to warn hunters and other people who may be in the area.
  • Processors of feral deer or goat meat must ensure their products are sourced from 1080-free areas and are safe to eat.

MPI runs testing programmes to make sure these controls are working. We have not detected 1080 in any commercially produced foods (including meat and milk) since testing began in 1999.

Minimise risk when hunting or collecting food

Don't hunt or collect food, such as eels or trout, in and around areas laid with 1080 baits and don't feed pets or working animals with meat or offal that may contain 1080 (or any other poison). Wait 7 days before fishing for trout after a 1080 baiting operation to minimise any food safety concerns.

If you're hunting, don't take animals from areas where 1080 has been used – particularly if they're showing signs of sickness or lethargy. Feral game, such as deer and goats in forests, can sometimes consume 1080 baits and not die.

For more information on food safety while hunting or collecting food:

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Who to contact

If you have questions about 1080 and food safety, email info@mpi.govt.nz.

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