New Zealand is being used as a back door to get Chinese produce on to the Australia market. While a great deal is being said about how seriously China takes the safety of imported foodstuffs (vis a vis Fonterra’s woes) it pays scant attention to what it ships around the world. The issue of Chinese vegetables getting around Australian regulations by coming through New Zealand has been around for a year or so but it seems nothing is being done to police or change it…Full Article: Interest.co.nz Feb 2014

Key point

  • There is consensus among New Zealand and Australian stakeholders that root cause is the lack of a “country of origin” regulation in both countries (e.g. Australia and New Zealand)

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