MPI pig-headed about biosecurity
18 March 2013
MPI pig-headed about
The Ministry of Primary Industries
needs to reconsider its decision on risky raw pig meat
imports in light of the Auditor General's recent report
showing the lack of preparedness for dealing with
biosecurity incursions, the Green Party said
Today’s Court of Appeal judgment found in favour
of the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to allow imports
of raw pork from countries with the disease Porcine
Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).
decision to import potentially infected raw pork may be
within the scope of the law, but that doesn’t mean the
policy decision is right,” Green Party biosecurity
spokesperson Steffan Browning said.
“MPI may have won
the case through the courts but the risk of infecting New
Zealand with PRRS still persists.
“This is another
example of what the Auditor General said in her report that
‘MPI is under-prepared for potential incursions from some
high-risk organisms’ and that ‘serious weaknesses
“The Ministry are so locked in to defending
their previous decision that they can’t see the risk they
are forcing on New Zealand’s pork producers.
National Government continue to put international trade
ahead of biosecurity time and time again.
“It is pure
pig headedness on MPI and the Minister's part to continue
pushing for imports of risky products, especially following
the Auditor General's report and a continuing run of
extremely costly biosecurity incursions.
needs to be take biosecurity far more seriously if New
Zealand's primary production and tourism sectors are to
realise their potential,” said Mr
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