Con­tam­i­na­tion claim de­nied

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - JEN­NIFER EDER

A Ger­man man has de­nied at­tempt­ing to cause ma­jor com­mer­cial losses in New Zealand by claim­ing milk pow­der was con­tam­i­nated.

Max­imil­lian Chris­tian Zucker, 20, al­legedly ‘‘com­mu­ni­cated in­for­ma­tion he be­lieved to be false’’ about milk pow­der at Pa­cific Lab Hold­ings, in Marl­bor­ough, last month. Po­lice claim Zucker in­tended to ‘‘cause a sig­nif­i­cant dis­rup­tion to com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity in New Zealand’’, likely to cause ma­jor eco­nomic loss to the com­pany di­rec­tor.

Zucker worked for Pa­cific Lab Hold­ings where he stacked pack­ages onto pal­lets be­fore dis­tri­bu­tion, po­lice said.

It was not re­vealed in court how Zucker al­legedly made his claim, or what the al­leged con­tam­i­na­tion was.

Zucker en­tered a not guilty plea in the Blen­heim Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day. He was re­manded on bail for a case re­view hear­ing on De­cem­ber 18.

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