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

 


GE-Free labelling regime a copout


GE-Free labelling regime a copout

The voluntary GE-Free labelling regime proposed by the Government today is a copout, when what we really need is a comprehensive, mandatory GE labelling scheme which labels all GE ingredients, Green Party Safe Food Spokesperson Sue Kedgley said.

"The Government seems to be trying to compensate for its woefully inadequate GE labelling regime which allows most GE ingredients in food to remain unlabelled.

"It is completely unfair and inequitable that GE-Free suppliers are expected to pay for and run this proposed new voluntary scheme, when the Government funds the running and monitoring of the current inadequate GE labelling regime," Ms Kedgley said.

"While a voluntary GE-Free label sounds appealing, it is never going to get off the ground as proposed in the discussion paper, with suppliers expected to run and fund the entire scheme.

"It is ridiculous to expect GE-Free suppliers to develop their own national standard and technical specifications, and to pay for the entire auditing, monitoring and certifying regime," Ms Kedgley said.

"It is completely inequitable. The Government or the GE industry should be meeting all the costs. The Government pays for other aspects of our existing GE labelling regime, which currently requires the labelling of foods containing a few GE ingredients. It's time the GE industry started bearing some of the costs rather than imposing them on the taxpayer and other sector groups," Ms Kedgley said.

"Have you ever found a product labelled as containing GE in your supermarket yet? That's because there are so many loopholes. The truth is there are hundreds of products in the supermarket which contain GE ingredients such as additives, colourings, GE oils and starches and so on, which do not have to be declared on a label because of exemptions.

"What New Zealand urgently needs is European Union-style GE labelling, where all GE ingredients have to be labelled with no exemptions," Ms Kedgley said.

Meanwhile, Ms Kedgley welcomed an announcement by the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council this week that it will be reviewing GE labelling requirements. The Council said in a statement on Monday that the study will include a review of legislation around the world.

© 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