Country of Origin Labelling

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 2-Aug-2007 18:35

I posted a blog entry several weeks ago about Country of Origin Labelling on food which is available here

The Green party have today launched a nationwide campaign calling for compulsary country of origin labelling on food. I am by no means a Green Party fan (I wouldn't vote for them if you paid me) or even a fan of Sue Kedgley but this is an issue that I feel strongly about and I encourage everybody to sign the petition that the Green party have launched. Surely being able to clearly see that a product is NZ Made and being able to support NZ manufacturers isn't an unreasonable request?

The only thing that annoys me about the Green Party campaign is that they seem to specifically mentioning that we should have country of origin labelling so we can avoid products made in China which is just wrong. Just because something is made in China doesn't automatically make it bad. In a few years time they will be a world superpower..

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Comment by Bung, on 2-Aug-2007 19:30

If the Greens were that concerned with what we ingest why did they oppose a control regime for supplementary medicines?

Doesn't China already have enough US$ in the bank to be a superpower already?

Author's note by sbiddle, on 2-Aug-2007 19:41

The supplimentary medicines bill being canned was stupid. Just because something is "natural" doesn't mean it's not going to kill you.

Comment by Barry Mills, on 17-Aug-2007 10:16

There is big support for Country of Origin Labelling. Many people that come into our Health shop are supporting this. NZFSA are trying to put the onus on manufacturers to ensure their products are safe. Or they will recall them. But trouble is how many die before a recall is done? Ask the owners of the pets(thousands poisoned in the US) because of food tainted with melamine. Or the parents of toddlers in Panama given diethylene glycol instead of glycerine in cough syrup which killed them. Now the toys and bibs from out of China are showing up as dangerous. High lead content in the paint, small pieces like magnets and lead causing poisoning, choking and tears in the intestines. China has a problem. The communist regime is totally corrupt and therefore their systems are too. It still kills innocent people, uses slave labour, and persecutes religions and jounalsits. Unfortuneatley big corporates and Governments are willing to trade there turning a blind eye to human rights violations. As the focus comes on China leading up to the olympics, the evil communist regime will be exposed more and more.

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Steve Biddle
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