GM Food Labelling - Safe food campaigners are describing a rule change on the labelling of genetically modified food as toothless. The Australian New Zealand Food Standards Council has given its support in principle to compulsory labelling of food with a detectable GM component. But exactly what will go on the packet, or the threshold for GM labelling has yet to be established. The Green Party says a proposal to allow the phrase “might contain” on labels is a worry. It says the “might contain” statement on the label allows manufacturers to hide behind it and not give consumers any information at all.
Mother’s Call for Help - Kirsty Bentley’s mother is appealing to owners of green Commer vans to come forward so police can make progress in their hunt for the Ashburton teenager’s killer. Police say a van similar to one seen following a teenage girl walking a dog on New Year’s Eve, was seen near where the body of Kirsty Bentley was found four days later. Mrs Bentley says she wants anyone with information about the fairly rare vans to contact police.
Joyrider Dies - A joyride has ended in
death for a Waikato teenager. A 15 year old Matamata girl
was killed when the stolen car she and five others were
travelling in veered off the road near Hamilton last night,
crashing into a paddock. A male teenager had critical head
injuries, the other three passengers have moderate injuries.
Police have not yet released their