Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


NZ May Have To Go It Alone On GE Labelling

New Zealand May Have To Go It Alone On GE Labelling

The Green Party today said New Zealand may have to opt out of the ANZFA Treaty and adopt an independent labelling system for all genetically engineered food.

The Australian Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry Minister today said the Australian Government would not support labelling if it put Australian businesses at a competitive disadvantage through high compliance costs.

The Minister suggested it would be much cheaper for businesses if only foods containing more than a threshold level of genetically engineered ingredients were required to be labelled.

Green Party health spokesperson Sue Kedgley said anything less than full labelling of all foods containing any genetically engineered ingredients would be unacceptable to New Zealand consumers and the Green Party.

"New Zealand and Australia agreed last year to adopt mandatory labelling and if Australia are going to reneg on that commitment then New Zealand would have no alternative then to develop its own labelling system," she said.

Ms Kedgley said she was astonished that there were still rearguard efforts to undermine labelling of genetically engineered foods. "Never before has the simple listing of food ingredients on a label created such resistance.

"New Zealand consumers have an absolute right to know what is in the food we eat. We have been promised labelling for more than two years now and we should not be denied this sovereign right because of intransigent Ministers across the Tasman.," she said.

"If need be New Zealand may have to consider opting out of the ANZFA Treaty and developing our own independent labelling system to protect the rights of New Zealand consumers," she said.

"This move has huge implications for the consumer rights of all New Zealanders as around 60 per cent of our food comes from Australia. The New Zealand consumer deserves nothing less than full information about the food they eat."

Ms Kedgley said she understood compliance costs would not be a major issue and said she had received informal reports that a full compliance regime would cost in the area of around $300 million for the whole of Australasia.

Ends Sue Kedgley MP 04 470 6728, 025 270 9088, Jonathan Hill (press secretary): 021 110 1133

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news