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

 


Companies Face Ruin Over Infant Formula Incompetence

Companies Face Ruin Over Infant Formula Incompetence


Fifty Kiwi businesses are staring disaster in the face thanks to the Government’s incompetence in handling issues around infant formula exports, says New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Some of these companies may go out of business, with people losing their livelihood as China imposes new rules on Kiwi exporters from tomorrow, May 1.

“The Government has bumbled along since the botulism scare instead of being on top of the game by liaising with Chinese officials and making sure New Zealand companies were well prepared in advance to comply with any Chinese government changes.

“Government ministers have taken an amateurish approach which will cripple many companies reliant on contracting out the manufacturing of their product.

“It appears businesses the government terms ‘smaller players’ will bear the brunt of the changes, and face months being locked out of exporting as they try and work through the requirements,” says Mr Peters.

China will now require companies to have “clear control” over the manufacturing process for infant formula and the product formulation.

“Why did the New Zealand Government not have a clear fix on these requirements?

“Some exporters say they are unsure what the Chinese mean by “’clear control’ – this is where the Government should have sourced the information and advised the companies.

“A New Zealand Government should not be failing its exporters when the country has such a reliance on its exporting base.

“Minister for Food Safety Nikki Kaye and Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy have a lot of explaining to do. They have been asleep at the wheel when anyone could have predicted, after the infant formula scares, that China would be seeking answers and coming up with tighter regulations.

“Claiming that these changes preceded the botulism scare, and therefore have nothing to do with our government’s inertia, simply won’t wash," says Mr Peters.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news