Parliament

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

 

New Zealanders In Dark About Food Safety Changes

(Sue Kedgley will ask Question 11 in Parliament today on these changes to ANZFA)

Plans are well under way to spring a secretive trans-Tasman agreement designed to weaken food health and safety regulations on New Zealand, Green Party Safe Food spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today.

Ms Kedgley said it was incredible that the Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) - the body which sets food standards for New Zealanders - could be disbanded without public discussion or a Parliamentary vote in New Zealand, and a new body with much greater food industry control put in its place.

"It's extraordinary but that's what is going on," she said. "These changes are going to be sneaked through as a treaty agreement which is not subject to a Parliamentary debate or vote, even though it's the safety of our food supply at stake."

The new body, the Food Standards Australia New Zealand, will have ten members, all appointed by the Australian Minister of Health in conjunction with the ministerial council.

Food industry and business interests will be able to fill up to five of those places (formerly they had one), and up to eight of the places will be filled by Australians. Legislation giving effect to these changes is currently going through the Australian Parliament.

"Australians were debating the legislation in their Parliament yesterday, but we won't get the chance to debate it or vote on it. This is totally undemocratic and a breach of New Zealand sovereignty.

"Prime Minister Howard was furious when the labelling regime for genetically engineered food, agreed by the health ministers last year, was stronger than he had wanted. These changes are his pay-back," she said.

The ministerial council of health ministers which made the labelling decision will also be watered down by including ministers from other departments such as agriculture and trade, and some of the council's powers will be taken away.

"At a time when consumer confidence in regulatory bodies in Europe is as its lowest due to lack of transparency by their Governments in relation to the handling of Mad Cow Disease, it is astonishing that our food safety regime is being weakened by secrecy and stealth," said Ms Kedgley.

"This proposal must be fully debated in Parliament and on the streets - because consumers want safer food, not weaker regulations."

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election