The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has given the all-clear to a dirt-like substance found in an imported lamp base by a Kerikeri man.
Retired farmer and earth-moving contractor Don Cottle called MPI on Friday when he discovered what appeared to be dirt, pouring from the cracked base of a standard lamp he believed was made in China.
He said the staff member who took the call was not interested, leaving him fuming.
Mr Cottle said the machines he sent overseas needed to be meticulously steam-cleaned before Customs would let them back into the country, and it was not good enough to let foreign soil slip into the country in lamps.
An MPI spokesperson said today the substance was a type of disintegrated concrete and, because it was not organic, it did not pose a biosecurity risk.