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

 


Govt inaction risks threat of superbugs in our food

13 February 2013

Govt inaction risks threat of superbugs in our food

The Government must follow other countries and move to continual monitoring of antibiotic resistant bacteria in our food, not leave it unmonitored for eight years, the Green Party said today.

The Government did their first and only baseline study into antibacterial resistant bacteria on food in 2011. The Minister for Food Safety has answered a parliamentary question from Mojo Mathers with the response that depending on funding becoming available, the Ministry intends to do another survey in around 5 years’ time.

“Other governments, including Denmark and the United States, do continuous monitoring, but our Government is content to leave our food unmonitored for almost eight years,” said Green Party food spokesperson Mojo Mathers.

“We need more regular monitoring to catch problems early, and ensure that our foods aren’t adding to the huge public health problem of antibiotic resistance,” said Ms Mathers.

“New Zealand’s lax food monitoring means that our public health is being gambled with.

“The way we produce food, with extensive use of antibiotics in many areas, is leading to the growth of bacteria that can’t be killed by them.

Michigan State University’s recent study of Chinese pig farms found antimicrobial resistance at levels 192 to 28,000 times higher than the control samples.

“Overuse of antibiotics in food production is leading to the growth of superbugs resistant to antibiotics. This problem is increasingly urgent and the New Zealand Government needs to wake up to it,” said Ms Mathers.

“The World Health Organisation presses the importance of frequency of monitoring food because of the speed at which this resistance can grow.

“It’s especially important to monitor foods that are known to be at risk of harbouring superbugs. We need to be testing chicken meat for antibiotic resistant bacteria.

“Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the world's most pressing public health problems and our food production systems have been identified as one of the sources. We consider this Government’s ‘she’ll be right attitude’ to be irresponsible.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

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:

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