So the fruit with NZ labels may not be NZ grown after all – more lies from the corporations or human error?

From 2017, a reminder of the lying that’s been going on for a very long time

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

Food labeling debate heats up, as big NZ companies voice their opposition

A fight nearly broke out in Parliament today over mandarins.

On one side was Labour Party MP Damien O’Connor, saying that shoppers were being lied to about where their fruit came from.

On the other was powerful Food and Grocery Council head Katherine Rich, who is strongly against making it compulsory for companies to say where their food is from.

Their war of words began when a select committee was shown pictures of mandarins, capsicums, and pears on New Zealand supermarket shelves which were marketed as being from New Zealand but were actually from Chile, the United States, Italy and the Netherlands.

“How can we trust a voluntary [labelling] scheme when your members are lying?” O’Connor asked Rich.

“I think that’s very harsh and very unfair,” she shot back.

“We have got photos – that’s lying to the…

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3 thoughts on “So the fruit with NZ labels may not be NZ grown after all – more lies from the corporations or human error?”

  1. Totally agree with your original comments, Pam.
    The US has a different philosophy to gmo, with no labelling requirement. Apparently just about all their soy beans are gmo. And do you remember when the supermarkets started buying Chinese garlic? Very white and no flavour – the story goes that they bleach the bulbs.

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    1. Yes, lol, no requirement. Like why would we need to know if its GM? I mean it’s safe isn’t it? Most corn is GM too … and they planted GM corn in nz in around 2000 thanks Helen Clark. The disturbing thing is they’ve just gotten away with lying for so long.

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