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

 


Greens Welcome Chicken Tests

4 April 2002

Greens Welcome Chicken Tests, Challenge Industry To Come Clean

Green MP Sue Kedgley today welcomed Ministry of Health moves towards the testing of chickens for antibiotic resistant bacteria but said the poultry industry must come clean and disclose exactly what antibiotics they were using and in what quantities.

Ms Kedgley recently had a raw supermarket chicken tested for antibiotic resistance. The results found five medically significant strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria on it.

"I have been campaigning for years for the Ministry to undertake random testing of chicken meat to ensure it does not carry antibiotic resistant bacteria, and I am delighted that the Ministry is finally considering implementing such a regime in the light of the test results.

"I think it is hypocritical for Tegel to publicly declare what antibiotics they don't use when they have repeatedly denied my office information on what antibiotics they do use. I therefore challenge Tegel to tell all consumers exactly what antibiotics they do use and in what quantities.

"Let's explode the myths."

Ms Kedgley said with antibiotic resistance in humans growing around the world it was essential that the government tackle the underlying causes as well as the symptoms of antibiotic resistance.

"The Ministry of Health is responsible for protecting public health, and ensuring that consumers are not being inadvertently exposed to antibiotic resistant bacteria. The Government must do everything in its power to reduce our expose to resistant bacteria," she said.

"It is one thing to use antibiotics to treat illness in animals but it is something else altogether to use them to make chickens grow faster. The onus must be on the poultry industry to clean up their act and find ways of rearing chickens without feeding them antibiotics every day in their water and feed." Ms Kedgley said despite the ban on the use of the antibiotic avoparcin in animal feed a couple of years ago she was very concerned with yesterday's admission from the Ministry of Health that stocks of the antibiotic could still be in use in the poultry industry. Use of the antibiotic avoparcin has been linked to resistance to vancomycin, an antibiotic of last resort found on the tested chicken.

"If we continue to allow the misuse of antibiotics in animals we will be squandering the greatest medical advance of the last century simply so we can eat cheaper chicken," said Ms Kedgley.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news