Jul 4, 2008

Threat To Beef Exports

This is worrying. Last time this happened a single farmer was at fault, lets hope this time it is the Korean test that is at fault. If it was a farmer or New Zealand processor again this time, lets hope they really throw the book at them. The agriculture agencies in North Asia are always looking for excuses to ban or make our trade more difficult. We need to be aware in everything done on the faarm, and in the production process that slip ups are not acceptable, and that breaches of chemical use rules will be picked up.

Beef exports to South Korea, New Zealand's second-biggest market, are at risk after the discovery of chemical contamination.
Meat tainted with the insecticide endosulfan has prompted an urgent investigation by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) after a complaint from its South Korean counterpart.
The revelation is likely to be a blow to the industry, which was enjoying a boost in sales in the South Korean market amid a ban on beef from the United States over mad-cow fears.
The reputation of New Zealand beef suffered in 2005 when the misuse of endosulfan on cattle on a single farm led to a recall in the South Korean and Taiwanese markets, costing millions of dollars.
New Zealand beef exports are worth about $1.8 billion, according to Statistics New Zealand. Last year, South Korea was the second-largest market after the United States, at $256 million.