Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Zealand Food? Be suspicious of its authenticity.

Shopping for grocery items is increasingly becoming a nightmare, as well as time consuming if you want to know the origin and contents of the items. To find fully Australian made products is like finding a needle in a haystack and as rare as the proverbial hen’s teeth. I and many others have chosen to avoid buying anything that originates from China.

The Chinese are still using herbicides on vegetables
that are prohibited in Australia. We also have our drinking water forcibly “spiked” with fluoride that comes from China, yet they do not divulge what other toxins their fluoride contains.

Unfortunately, we are being tricked with the “product of New Zealand” labelling, see article below. (New Zealand FOOD) We are in election mode at the moment and none of our candidates has anything to say about this dreadful trickery.

Boycott imported New Zealand food; it could be coming from China. (Buy Australian!)

Foreign interests including state-owned companies from China and the Middle East are increasingly looking to Australia to secure their food production by purchasing key agricultural assets. The worrying aspect is: Our productive farmland is getting into foreign hands. Click here to read more.

Below this story are more links about our enemy within, the gormless Greens. - Werner
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New Zealand Food. By Reporter: Lynda Kinkade.

Cheap inferior toxic products that would be turned away at our border are coming in through a back door. Foreign products disguised in Kiwi wrapping. Our investigation tracked the raw products to factories in NZ where they were processed, repackaged and exported. Now branded with the trusty made in New Zealand label.
(Trusty? No more! Werner)

"If you're buying cheap vegetables from overseas 51% of wholesale cost of goods is the made component - nothing has to come from this country to be called made in Australia or made in New Zealand" says Lynne Wilkerson from Ausbuy. Foreign fruit, vegetables, meat and fish shipped into New Zealand under what some describe as soft border controls, are getting the green flag into our country as part of the New Zealand Australian free trade agreement.

"I think they raise questions about the safety of imported produce." New Zealand Greens MP Sue Kegdely, warns Australians should be worried. "The testing at the border is woefully inadequate because we test such a tiny amount of produce coming into NZ."Chinese products are the main offenders, their standards are so poor, tests reveal many contain dangerous pesticides, banned cancer causing chemicals, lead and e coli bacteria from Chinese farmers using human and animal faeces as fertilisers.

China has free passage into New Zealand because of a free trade agreement. It's an agreement Australia doesn't adhere to. When China sends cargo direct to us it goes through rigorous checks by Australian customs, sneaking through New Zealand is their easiest option. In recent random testing in New Zealand this month of foreign produce has uncovered shocking results.

"Vietnamese catfish contained a substance gentian violet which has been linked with cancer. I think they raise questions about the safety of imported produce if we can find in one little bit of testing that 40% of the plums are contaminated with lead. What does that mean about the rest of the produce?" says Sue. The rest of the produce isn't tested regularly, we only discover the dangers, sometimes when it's too late. Cornflour sent from China and "processed" in New Zealand had to be recalled late last year.
22 tonnes of the cornflour makes its way to Australian shores in New Zealand packaging."We believe that a lot of foods made in New Zealand coming out of New Zealand are actually from China" says Lynne.

Ausbuy Chief Executive Lynne Wilkerson blames misleading labelling laws. "We're not told where ingredients are imported from or more importantly what percentage of imported goods are in this product" says Lynne.
In the last year frozen vegetable imports has shot up by more than 15%. Officially 45 per cent is coming from New Zealand. 16 per cent from China and 12 per cent from Canada. "China has more than doubled the amount of food they are sending into Australia - but that doesn't include food they are sending which is processed in New Zealand and then gets sent here" says Lynne.

Many Australian producers can no longer compete with cheap foreign imports; imports that are dressed up like local made and owned brands. McCain’s is the latest company to close a food processing factory in Australia and move its Tasmanian base across to New Zealand. It’s happening around the world, western countries importing cheap inferiorproducts and allowing their own industry to suffer.

"If it doesn't actually say where this is grown you can be assured it's probably not grown where it's coming from" says Grain farmer Tim Duddley. He believes Australia should not have to import a thing. "We can produce in excess of several hundred times over what we need to support the nation; we export about 85 per cent of our food."

"At the end of the day we are exporting good quality clean green food, the best in the world and acknowledged to be the best in the world … and we are importing inferior quality to feed to our people" adds Lynne.
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Further to my comments, in my previous posting, about the dangers of the Greens, should they attain the balance of power in the Senate? Following are more “enlightening” articles about this motley crew, for your consideration, by Andrew Bolt.

Live Green before you vote. - Andrew Bolt

The Green plan to kill your job.
Andrew Bolt

All that green can't hide the red. Andrew Bolt

My thought for today.Werner

The world is indeed only a small tide pool; disturb one part and the rest is threatened. Gregory Bateson


Alison Alloway said...

Thanks for that information about food from New Zealand, Werner. I will be more informed now when I do the grocery shopping. Like you, I am having trouble finding Australian made goods. One label which I have started buying is "Outback Spirit". They make a range of herbs and spicy sauces from outback plants like lemon myrtle, bush tomato etc.

Jody & Mike Wells said...

Werner, I’m so grateful that you gave us this information. It is certainly food for thought and it is shameful that New Zealand is compliant with this trickery and, not a word from our Australian politicians. There is no doubt that the Greens are a danger in this election, God help us if they attain the balance of power in the Senate.

Anne and Andrew said...

We are shocked that our national government is ignoring this deception. We have so many sick people in this country and what we eat must have something to do with it. We never know what pesticide has been used and how long the time span was between spraying and harvesting the produce. We certainly would not trust the Chinese and now we have also lost our trust with New Zealand.