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

 


Risky raw pork imports not needed, not wanted

Risky raw pork imports not needed, not wanted

Any meat that risks undermining New Zealand’s disease free status should not be brought into the country, Labour’s Biosecurity and Primary Industries spokesperson Damien OConnor says.

The Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed a challenge from the Pork Industry Board against changes to import health standards allowing raw meat from countries where porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome - a potentially fatal disease - occurs, into the country.

“The supermarkets and traders who want to import cheaper pork should meet the current biosecurity requirements, not demand the lower standards set by a faulty biosecurity risk analysis system.

“Regardless of the Appeal Court’s ruling, the Auditor-General’s recent report on the state of New Zealand’s biosecurity system identifies major flaws that need fixing before we lower any import standards.

“Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy would be wise to step in now and call a halt to these changes, the result of which could be catastrophic for pork producers.

“The industry has been forced to spend a large amount of money to protect itself from this devastating disease. Farmers must wonder whose side the National Government is fighting for.

“Yes, we need to trade, but we need to protect our PRRS-free status even more.”
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news