28 January 2013
Customers want 100%
Zero is the right level for a new
chemical found in our milk, and the National Government
shouldn’t settle for less, the Green Party said today.
Recent media reports in the United States and China have
questioned the safety of New Zealand milk after traces of
the chemical Dicyandiamide (DCD), used in farming and found
in milk tested by Fonterra.
“Our 100% pure
marketing advantage is crucially important to our farmers,
and we should be protecting it, not asking the rest of the
world to expect less than 100%,” said Green Party
agriculture spokesperson Steffan Browning.
“Primary Industries Minister David Carter is banking
on China and Taiwan setting a limit for DCD that is higher
than the levels found,” said Mr Browning.
Minister is relying on other countries to accept higher
levels of chemicals in the food we sell them. We should be
providing them with the clean products they want – instead
of crossing our fingers that they won’t mind having
chemicals in their food.
“The solution is less
reliance on industrial dairy; if our land can’t support it
then we need to be looking at what we can produce while
protecting our environment and providing clean food to our
“There are thousands of dairy farms that
don’t use this chemical in New Zealand, and yet their
markets have also been put at risk.
Prime Minister has admitted that it’s a massive task to
repair our reputation once it has been damaged. We need to
work harder on keeping 100% pure intact,” said Mr
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