Latest tests prove the animal part found in a BOP PKE shipment was not imported with the feed supplement, says MPI

Latest tests prove the animal part found in a BOP PKE shipment was not imported with the feed supplement, says MPI

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The Ministry for Primary Industries today confirmed that further DNA testing carried out on an animal limb, recently discovered by a Bay of Plenty farmer in some PKE, is from a sheep, not an exotic goat or deer as suspected last week.

Deputy Director General Compliance and Response, Andrew Coleman says, “An independent genetic laboratory has confirmed the limb is from a sheep, and MPI is confident it is a New Zealand sheep. The farm where the limb was found has sheep, home kill is undertaken, the maggots found on the limb were a species of blowfly found in New Zealand, and most of the PKE supplied goes through a 4mm filter."

"While our risk assessors told us that the risk of the introduction of any animal disease posed by this find was very low, it was important for us to take action."

"These latest results confirm our initial thinking that the leg belonged to a local animal. Interim testing by an independent zoologist suggested that it could have been from an exotic deer or goat. However, this validation testing has disproved that."

"Changes have already been made to the Import Health Standard for PKE to confirm that unapproved facilities cannot be exported to New Zealand. In addition, a small number of processing facilities will need to improve their systems to keep birds and rodents out of storage facilities."

"These changes came into effect on 19 June and a senior official is now working on these changes with authorities in Malaysia and Indonesia."

"I would like to thank the Bay of Plenty farmer for bringing this find to our attention. It is a good example of the important role farmers play in our biosecurity system. Farmers know what’s happening on their farms. If they spot anything of biosecurity concern they should ring our 0800 number, that’s what happened here."

If anyone has any information regarding a possible biosecurity risk, they should call the MPI pest and diseases hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

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http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2559292/an...
 
Listen ppl say that they were so sure that the limb was from OUTSIDE NZ. But here you read it that it is NZ sheep leg.
 
Credibility is washed off toilet bowl!

I think I may have been to the point when I made this comment regards MPI over the problems they had created with sheep meat access to China:

Misleading your minister is not a good idea. But worse, if MPI officials are prepared to mislead their minister, what does that say about how they treat the rest of us?
 
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