Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Animal Limb Confirmed As from Sheep: MPI

Animal Limb Confirmed As from Sheep: MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries today confirmed that further DNA testing carried out on an animal limb, recently discovered by a Bay of Plenty farmer in some PKE, is from a sheep, not an exotic goat or deer as suspected last week.

Deputy Director General Compliance and Response, Andrew Coleman says,

“An independent genetic laboratory has confirmed the limb is from a sheep, and MPI is confident it is a New Zealand sheep. The farm where the limb was found has sheep, home kill is undertaken, the maggots found on the limb were a species of blowfly found in New Zealand, and most of the PKE supplied goes through a 4mm filter.

“While our risk assessors told us that the risk of the introduction of any animal disease posed by this find was very low, it was important for us to take action.

“These latest results confirm our initial thinking that the leg belonged to a local animal. Interim testing by an independent zoologist suggested that it could have been from an exotic deer or goat. However, this validation testing has disproved that.

“Changes have already been made to the Import Health Standard for PKE to confirm that unapproved facilities cannot be exported to New Zealand. In addition, a small number of processing facilities will need to improve their systems to keep birds and rodents out of storage facilities.

“These changes came into effect on 19 June and a senior official is now working on these changes with authorities in Malaysia and Indonesia.

“I would like to thank the Bay of Plenty farmer for bringing this find to our attention. It is a good example of the important role farmers play in our biosecurity system. Farmers know what’s happening on their farms. If they spot anything of biosecurity concern they should ring our 0800 number, that’s what happened here.”

If anyone has any information regarding a possible biosecurity risk, they should call the MPI pest and diseases hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week...

Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

 

State Sector: Government To Apply Pay Equity Principles

Legal changes are not yet in effect but the State Services Commission, on behalf of the government, and the Council of Trade Unions on behalf of unions, have agreed to apply the principles to current pay equity claims. More>>

ALSO:

Throwing Stoners: English Blames Failed Drug Tests For Unemployment

Bill English’s diversionary tactic of condemning of a generation of Kiwi workers as a bunch of drug-takers cannot hide his government’s failure to create opportunities for decent work, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news