AgResearch Kills Stuart Little while Botulism Siouxie basks

Today’s shocking headline finally bears the truth. AgResearch killed Stuart Little.

See Stuart Little was a little mouse too, lost, looking for a home, but was brutally killed by Ag Research scientists who are now blaming Fonterra, saying they didn’t confirm anything.

But what’s this? AgResearch’s test “report said the batch was likely to contain botulism-causing bacteria”, and “samples likely to be Colstridium botulinum” and “described all samples as toxigenic”.

Now if you were a company and received a report like that what would you do! 

New found media whore Botulism Siouxie even has the gall to suggest that Fonterra – a top 4 dairy company in the world, is penny pinching over something as critical as product safety. But then again, Botulism Suouxie is well known for her alarmist scaremongering based on her research of Wikipedia.

Oh what, there’s more – Ag Research was not even accredited to carry out the tests. They should have declined the work, but obviously saw the colour of money, and to hell with minor things like accreditation.

Meanwhile Stuart Little is sleeping with the fishes…


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  • Orange

    Pretty shocking that an experiment that wouldn’t even make it into the school science fair because it lacks repeats costs the country so much.

  • Hillary Green

    OMG AgResearch wasn’t even accredited! That is outrageous. Looks like the source of this fiasco is narrowing down to the track that leads to AgResearch. Heads should roll as it’s just not good enough.

  • Patrick

    It does have a whiff of Laurel & Hardy about it doesn’t it. What were they thinking using a lab with no accreditation especially given the potential fallout from an incorrect result? Plenty to be learnt from this little escapade.

  • Stop.


    Botulism death count: 1

    • I think this counts as medical misadventure

    • LionKing

      Where’s the outrage from John Banks crying about a Government department killing a poor innocent mouse? AgResearch may be testing on beagles next, then what?

      • Hopefully people, then we won’t need to test synthetic drugs on dogs. Test them on the munters that use them.

  • possumm

    Why do you suddenly belive everything you read in the Herald? Accreditation is a red herring – it is only a matter of filling in forms and paying money. Fonterra needs to release the info on what tests it requested and what results it got. Then we can decide if Agresearch mucked it up.