Missing cyanide poses major health risk for Wakatipu


Authorities are warning of a major public health risk after a bottle of cyanide capsules went missing in Frankton.

Public Health South says a bottle of Feratox cyanide capsules went missing from the back of a ute that was parked in the Frankton shopping area on Wednesday night. 

Southern DHB Medical Officer of Health Dr Marion Poore says the product poses a major health risk and should be immediately reported if found. 

“This product is a controlled substance which cannot be purchased, stored or used by anyone unless they have a controlled substance license”, Poore says. 

“There are strict rules around its use and how it is stored to protect public health. 

“It is very important that this cyanide is found and secured. Consumption of one capsule has the potential to cause serious harm or even death to a small child.” 

Feratox is an encapsulated cyanide product. The capsule is green in colour and looks like a dried pea. The product is normally used by pest controllers as bait for possums. 

Dr Poore urges the public if they find the bottle of Feratox not to touch it but to call Public Health South’s pager number on 026 254 8125. Calls will be responded to immediately.