6 Oct 2010

Fears contaminated whitebait being sold

7:05 am on 6 October 2010

Police are to be brought in to remove people who ignore warnings about taking whitebait from Canterbury rivers contaminated by sewage since the earthquake.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Alistair Humphrey says it is possible the whitebait is being sold to unsuspecting restaurants and cafes throughout the country.

He says a warning was issued immediately after the quake, and if whitebaiters ignore the latest one he will ask the Group Controller of Civil Defence to use the police to remove them from affected rivers.

Dr Humphrey says anyone who then refuses to obey can be fined up to $5000 or jailed for up to three months.