Baby food research shows food conference essential

Baby food research shows food conference essential

Government must take note of recent evidence of high levels of pesticide 
residues in baby food if they are to fulfil their mandate to ensure foods are
safe. Recent reports to the Primary Production select committee come hot
on the heels of other submissions on the dangers of GE foods.

‘European standards are much higher than ours. Their maximum residue levels 
are lower, and monitoring of chemicals and animal testing of GE foods is routine,’
says Susie Lees spokesperson for Food Matters Aotearoa.  ‘Even in China some
toxic chemicals and GE variants used in food in NZ are banned, we have a lot of
catching up to do if New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer is to continue.’

The Primary Production select committee will report back in the New Year after its 
review of the chemical loading in baby food, and decision whether to reassess
approved GE food in light of recent scientific evidence of harm to human health.
In the EU, reassessment takes place after a 10 year approval, the same doesn’t
apply in Australia and NZ, where many GE variants have been approved for much
longer without review.

There are some toxic chemicals entering our food chain that have no maximum 
residue limits, the default position should be that none of these chemicals are found
in our food chain.

‘Government representatives need to acknowledge the evidence and not hide behind 
studies performed by those corporations that lobby them while making profits from
the contamination of our food’ said Susie Lees from Food Matters Aotearoa. ‘We are
bringing independent evidence to the capital which should not be ignored and will be
accessible to all at our conference.’

The Food Matters Aotearoa conference will bring internationally and nationally recognized
experts to Te Papa, Wellington in February to discuss these problems and offer solutions
to increasingly downgraded New Zealand food production. They will consider a variety of
ways to reduce chemical inputs on farms and ensure newer technologies in genetic
modification are regulated properly. 

All MPs, regulatory agencies and farming groups have been invited to attend. It is 
government’s responsibility to keep up to date and come and hear the evidence.
Contact:- Susie Lees 0210543492


Safe food Campaign submission to Primary Production
GE Free NZ petition to Primary Production select committee
Pilgarten findings
Argentina Dr. Vasquez findings

Petition tabled by Nikki Kaye

MPI response
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