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Conviction for the illegal sale of homekilled meat applauded

27 January 2015

Conviction for the illegal sale of homekilled meat applauded

Federated Farmers is applauding the Ministry for Primary Industries prosecuting a Northland man for selling meat which had not been processed in accordance with the Animal Products Act 1999.

The Chair of Federated Farmers Rural Butchers, Haydn Cleland says the successful prosecution shows the inspection regimes to protect the integrity of New Zealand’s food safety systems are working.

“Federated Farmers strongly supports any actions to stamp out the illegal sale of home killed meat. These illegal operations put our health, biosecurity and market reputation for safe food at risk.”

“The conviction also sends a strong signal, to any others who may be tempted to undertake similar operations, that the safety of New Zealand food products is paramount and that illegal operators will be caught and punished,” Cleland says.

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