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Pigfeed Contractor Fined For Undercooking Food For Swine

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Wellington, April 6 NZPA - A Christchurch pig-feed contractor was fined $1480 for undercooking the food destined for his customers' pigs.

Rolleston-based Garry Anderson pleaded guilty in Christchurch District Court to charges of feeding untreated meat and food waste to pigs, after Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) staff inspected his facilities.

Anderson collected waste from a number of sources. Though he had a cooker, he had not been using it.

MAF Regulations introduced in 2005 require waste foods to be boiled and stirred for one hour before being fed to pigs.

The food is boiled to stop bacteria and viruses getting from infected meat into the pigs -- including potentially disastrous foot and mouth disease and African swine fever.

Neither of the diseases has been found in New Zealand.

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