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

 


Real independence needed in food safety

Real independence needed in food safety

The Green Party are calling for a truly independent body to regulate our food safety.

Food safety Minister Nikki Kaye has announced the establishment of a Food Safety and Assurance Advisory Council as part of the Government’s response to last year’s whey protein contamination.

“The National Government created this problem when they merged our food safety regulators into what is now the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and they now have to backtrack and set up new bodies to try and provide independence,” said Green Party agriculture spokesperson Steffan Browning.

“Independence of our food safety regulators is crucial but this body will not provide that.

“We need to have full transparency and genuinely independent advice if trust in our food safety is to be restored in New Zealand and abroad.

“Nikki Kaye has said that she is setting up this body because at the moment there is no independent group to address New Zealand’s food safety – but she fails to mention that it was her Government that got rid of that independence.

“The National Government merged the New Zealand Food Safety Authority into MPI – that was a mistake to have our food safety regulators too close to the food producers and now they have to try and fix that.

“Food safety should be removed from MPI to ensure that trade imperatives and production focus are kept separate to the health and safety needs of the community.

“This announcement shows a failure of the Government’s previous food safety decisions.

“This could be an opportunity to get food safety right but the ‘independence’ is questionable when MPI are the group setting up the council.

“New Zealanders are currently deprived of a robust food standards process because of the joint partnership agreement operating through Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

“Even our Food Safety Minister is a minority member in the FSANZ arrangement being just one vote to nine Australian votes – I can’t see how this new council will correct that.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Two Years With New Methods: Crime Stats Show Increase Led By Burglary

The two years of data show an increase in the total victimisation rate of 3.1 per cent, with 12,060 more victimisations in the 2015/16 year when compared to 2014/15 year. From this increase, 72 per cent is attributable to burglaries. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news