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on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 20:03

Support for Green MP Steffan Browning’s member’s bill is a win for the vast majority of New Zealanders who want to know where the food they buy is produced, the Green Party said today.

The Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill will make it mandatory for food producers to label their fresh or single-ingredient food products with the country of origin. The Bill was passed to select committee stage this evening.

“I’m delighted that National has had a change of heart and decided to support my Bill at first reading,” said Mr Browning.

on Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 09:41

The Green Party is calling for cross-party support for its Members’ Bill that would introduce mandatory country of origin labelling for meat, fruit, vegetables and nuts, after the release of a poll that shows more than 70 percent of New Zealanders support the idea.

Green MP Steffan Browning’s Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill, which would make it mandatory for food producers to label their fresh or single-ingredient food products with their country of origin, is awaiting its first reading in Parliament, likely to be in mid-April.

on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 11:37

The Green Party is calling on the Government to ban the toxic ingredient POEA, after answers to written questions to the Minister for the Environment revealed it is an undisclosed ingredient in almost 90 products sold in New Zealand.

on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 15:52

This last weekend, or just ahead of the weekend, we heard that there was a new antibiotic-resistant form of campylobacter through at least three of the four main poultry suppliers in the North Island. The Green Party says that the Government needs to investigate the links between that antibiotic resistance and the rampant herbicide use in New Zealand and also in the imported feed to that poultry and to other feed stocks.

on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 10:49

The hepatitis A berry outbreak has highlighted that consumers are in the dark about where their food comes from, the Green Party said today.

Four cases of hepatitis A have been traced back to frozen imported berries, but consumers cannot choose to buy local berries because no country of origin labelling is required, and the Ministry of Primary Industries refuses to say which brands are involved.

on Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 12:02

The National Government needs to investigate links between anti-biotic resistance and herbicides including the commonly used herbicide glyphosate after news that an anti-biotic resistant strain of campylobacter is now present in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.

“Glypohosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller, is commonly sprayed on GE soy crops around the world. GE soy is widely used in chicken feed in New Zealand, yet herbicide residue levels are not tested for in animal feed.