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New website in support of independent meat inspection

NZPSA launches new website in support of independent meat inspection

The New Zealand Public Service Association (NZPSA) has launched a new website to inform its members and the public of the importance of independent meat inspection.

The approval stamp of independent government inspectors is highly valued by our export partners and has helped our meat industry grow to be worth nearly $6 billion annually.

The Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) wants meat company workers to take over some inspection tasks. A trial is already underway at the Affco Imlay plant with others due to start soon.

Independent government meat inspectors have been ensuring the quality of New Zealand meat since the 1920s. Our meat inspector members are gravely concerned by this move to deregulate meat inspection.

One mistake could undermine New Zealand’s excellent reputation as a meat exporter and put the industry in jeopardy.

The potential dangers to our export industry were highlighted recently when the United States said it would not accept meat from New Zealand that had not been independently inspected.

For more information on this important issue visit www.spotdiff.org.nz

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