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


Food decision a victory for commonsense

2000 web site

The Government's about-face on food safety is a victory for Labour and for common-sense, Labour health spokesperson Annette King said.

"The Government initially rejected the idea of a stand-alone agency and put forward legislation to set up a new Food Assurance Authority under the Ministry of Agriculture.

"But the Government Administration Select Committee discovered the Government had insufficient information and its decision-making process was badly flawed.

"Labour members of the committee, supported by the Alliance and New Zealand First, supported a separate agency. We had serious concerns about a new food agency being located within MAF, which has a strong emphasis on creating opportunities for industry. Food safety on the other hand, is concerned with protecting the health of consumers.

"The select committee rejected the bill, and the Government has now seen sense.

"Industry and consumers need certainty about what is going to happen with the administration of food regulations. The Government's about-turn provides that certainty. National has joined Labour in being committed to a stand-alone agency.

"It also provides certainty to staff at the Ministries of Agriculture and Health who had been left in limbo wondering what the Government was going to do.

"Food safety is crucial to the health and well-being of New Zealanders. The Mad Cow crisis in Britain in a stark example of how wrong things can go if food administration is not addressed effectively. It is now up to the next Government to get it right," Annette King said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction. However, our current worldview and political paradigm renders us incapable of responding adequately due to its disconnected and divisive default settings.

These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other. Read on The Dig>>

The Dig: Scoop’s Engaged Journalism Platform Launches
The Scoop Ecosystem has grown bigger with the launch of The Dig - a new public interest, in-depth, Engaged Journalism platform. More>>


Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>


Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>


Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>


Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>


"Shocking And Dangerous": Accused Mosque Shooter's Prison Letter Posted Online

The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks has sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. Corrections has now blocked the accused gunman from sending or receiving mail... More>>


Standing On List Only: Paula Bennett To Run National’s Election Campaign

The National Party is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Bennett as our Campaign Chair for the 2020 General Election, President Peter Goodfellow says. More>>




InfoPages News Channels