Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Decision to Import Australian Tomatoes Slammed

Wednesday May 29, 2002

Soil & Health Slams Government Decision to Import Australian Tomatoes

The Soil & Health Association today condemns the decision by the government to allow unfettered importation of Australian tomatoes.

"There are three issues at stake," said the Association¹s Director, Dr Meriel Watts.

"Of first importance is the health of NZ consumers. These Australian tomatoes are treated with a very toxic organophosphate insecticide called dimethoate. In small quantities it can severely affect the nervous system, damage the immune system, and cause reproductive problems. Ingestion of any amount should be avoided. You cannot wash this insecticide off, it permeates the tomato. Responsible shop owners should label their Australian tomatoes so that consumers can avoid them."

"Secondly, importing these tomatoes when we don¹t need them creates yet another biosecurity risk ­ this time of fruit fly ­ at a time when the government is still aerial spraying Auckland to get rid of the other Australian import, the Painted Apple Moth".

"Thirdly, as New Zealanders, we should be supporting our own growers who struggle to compete against the cheap Australian contaminated imports. Buy local and help keep our own growers in business. They do not dip their tomatoes in dimethoate."

Meriel Watts, PhD Director Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election