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Labour Welcomes Review Of Pork Import Standards

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Damien O'Connor
Damien O'Connor

Labour has welcomed MAF's decision to agree to an independent review of health standards around the importation of uncooked pork, says the party's Biosecurity Spokesperson Damien O'Connor.

"There has been widespread concern within the pork industry about the potential dangers around the importation of uncooked pork. "At a time of challenge for the pork industry, the last thing it or the New Zealand primary sector needs is further biosecurity dangers from high-risk imported products," Damien O'Connor said.

"Border protection and the prevention of outbreaks of unwanted disease such as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) must be the prime objectives of Biosecurity New Zealand.

"Unfortunately recent cutbacks announced by the Government are placing unnecessary risks on all primary sector industries, including the pork industry.

"While this announcement will be welcomed, there is growing concern around the current Government's approach to biosecurity," Damien O'Connor said.

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