The Animal Liberation Front tried to disrupt Christmas celebrations in Italy by threatening to contaminate
panettone, a traditional Italian Christmas cake, with racumin, a rat poison.
The ALF sent samples of two Nestle brand panettone contaminated with the
poison to an Italian news agency.
In response, Nestle shut down
the plant that produced the panettone and most supermarkets took the Nestle
product off their shelves.
And what message was the ALF
trying to send? It wants Nestle to abandon efforts to use genetically modified wheat in products sold in Italy. Apparently the ALF is trying to branch
out into liberating wheat.
Panettone panic. The BBC, December 13, 1998.
Nestle shuts plant after Animal Liberation Front poisons cakes. Bloomburg News, December 12, 1998.