Stronger penalties for food tampering welcome

Monday, 14 January 2019, 9:27 pm
Press Release: Food and Grocery Council

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council supports Nathan
Guy’s Private Members Bill to increase the penalties for
those who intentionally contaminate food.

Chief Executive
Katherine Rich says that over the years, the Food & Grocery
Council has advocated for a full review of laws and
penalties relating to malicious tampering with consumer
goods, which includes food, beverages, pharmaceuticals,
natural products and other non-food consumer goods.

“Our
support for change is not just in response to high-profile
tampering cases over the past few years, but because our
members have believed for some time that the law does not
adequately deal with all aspects of malicious tampering, and
needs to be strengthened.

“Late last year, Australia’s
Prime Minister announced a significant increase in penalties
for food contamination, and we believe New Zealand should
make similar changes.

“New Zealand’s economy relies on
the export of high-quality foods, beverages and other
consumer goods, so our law needs to send strong signals that
contaminating food is a serious crime that has consequences,
not just locally but in terms of harming New Zealand’s
reputation in global markets.

“I’m sure the food and
grocery sector hopes that the whole Parliament will support
this bill, should it be drawn, so it can at least be
discussed at select committee level. It appears to have
support already from a number of significant industry
associations, growers and
farmers.”

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