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


GE Free NZ calls for tests on maize

GE Free NZ calls for tests on maize to determine if cause of contamination is Phytoremediation.

GE Free NZ in food and environment would like to get assurances that the levels of lead in corn flour have not come for contamination from plants used for phytoremediation purposes.

Phytoremediation is one of the new uses for transgenic plants. Transgenic plants are inserted with a gene (yeast protein YCF1) that can absorb high levels toxic waste from land containing cadmium or lead. As is known plants like corn are wind pollinated and the pollen can spread for miles. As a result there is a possibility that pollen from plants containing a toxic lead absorbing gene may have cross pollinated with food corn.

It is important for the consumers to be reassured that plants genetically modified to clean up heavy metal sites have not swapped their genes with food grade plants resulting in contaminated human food supplies or that harvested grain containing heavy metals has not mistakenly been mixed with the food supply. Testing for GM contamination needs to be done as soon as possible to allay all such concerns.

It is time the Food Safety Authority FSA ordered a full scale recall of all corn flour products and tested them for the source of the contamination. “The FSA should not be trying to protect business interests but those whose health is at stake. The lack of industry testing for products and the inability for consumers to get any information as to what brands are contaminated is contravening all consumer rights,” said Claire Bleakley of GE Free New Zealand. “Little wonder there is no public confidence in the Food Safety Authority, since it appears unable to demonstrate it has consumer concerns at heart.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news