Tauranga, 13/10/2011 —ANZCO Foods, producer of the Angel Bay range of frozen burger patties is one of the many companies which had product aboard the stricken cargo ship Rena which ran aground on the reef off the coast of Tauranga on Wednesday the 5th of October. 3,000 cartons of its Angel Bay frozen beef patties were inside one of the ships refrigerated containers. Evidence that its container was one of the many thrown over board was a number of the company's distinctive silver foil packages which have been washed up on Mt Maunganui beach.
Henry Wilson, Manager of the ANZCO Green Island plant where the Angel Bay patties are produced stressed the importance that if local residents come across any of the companies washed up product, that under no circumstances should the product be deemed fit for consumption, and that it should instead be destroyed. "While Angel Bay products are renowned for their high standards of food safety, the product has been rendered inedible by the events that have taken place and under no circumstances should they be consumed. The unknown in this instance is what has happened to the product since going overboard, including whether it could have come in contact with any hazardous substances that may have been onboard the Rena."
Wilson went on to say "While ANZCO Foods couldn't have done anything to prevent this disaster, the company's deeply saddened by the effect this terrible event is having on the local area, its residents and wildlife."
While the Christchurch based company was not directly affected by the Canterbury Earthquakes, it has witnessed first hand how important it is for members of the community and the country to pull together at times of such disasters and it is for this reason that the company is keen to help where it can with respect to the Rena disaster.
With more than 1,500 volunteers already registered with Maritime New Zealand, ANZCO Foods is currently in discussions with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council about mobilising a team to do what the company does best and cook up some hearty food to feed the dedicated volunteers.