NZ Pork to challenge new import standards
Updated at 2:18 pm on 22 May 2012
New Zealand Pork says it will challenge new standards easing restrictions on imports of uncooked pork.
A High Court judgement rejected an attempt by the organisation to stop the Primary Industries Ministry from allowing imports of untreated pig meat from countries that have the disease Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome.
New Zealand is one of the few countries still free of the PRRS virus, which can cause abortions and respiratory complaints in pigs and kill piglets.
NZ Pork chairman Ian Carter says the industry has no choice but to challenge the High Court judgement, because it's concerned that the relaxed import rules would significantly increase the risk of PRRS entering the country.
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