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Hazardous PKE shipment must be sent back

Hazardous PKE shipment must be sent back


A ship carrying Palm Kernel Extract (PKE) from an unregistered source is a potential biosecurity hazard risk to New Zealand and should be sent back, says Labour’s Biosecurity spokesperson Damien O’Connor.

“The MV Molat is currently anchored off the coast of Tauranga, with 23,000 tonnes of PKE, awaiting a decision from MPI on whether to allow the shipment in. The extract is from an unregistered supplier in Malaysia.

“Unregistered suppliers do not have to meet the stringent safety checks that registered suppliers do, to ensure there is no biosecurity risk to New Zealand. In this case, we do not know what checks were applied.

“In previous cases, huge biosecurity risk from possible Foot and Mouth contamination have been identified from PKE imports that have not been up to standard. The risks are high and we should take no chances.

“If National and MPI are considering letting this shipment into our market, it shows they still do not understand the enormous risk that biosecurity hazards pose to our economy and our communities,” says Damien O’Connor

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