Countdown said it could not comment specifically on sales for commercially sensitive reasons.
“But to be honest we haven’t seen a significant change in customer behaviour in our stores,” said spokeswoman Kate Porter.
“On the whole our customers seem very positive about the steps we’ve taken – they are feeling assured that Countdown is taking the threat seriously and keeping the product as safe as we can.”
Countdown stores have had signage in place since Tuesday evening when the Government revealed that a threat had been made to taint infant milk formula with 1080 poison.
Foodstuffs, which owns the New World, Pak ‘n Save and Four Square brands, said it also appeared that consumer demand for infant formula was unchanged.
Extra security checks had been put into place through the supply chain and in its stores, some of it covert and some of it obvious.
At New World and Pak ‘n Save, CCTV monitoring of the shelves continued and signs advised customers of the threat. There was also an “infant formula milk monitor” who was keeping an eye on products.
Well, in that case, we really can’t say that the Government, Police and companies involved in this were wrong. It seems that, once again, the media were the most excitable of the lot. Read more »