14 Jun 2011

Pork consumers don't want biosecurity relaxed

4:52 am on 14 June 2011

A survey commissed by the Pork Industry Board shows four out of five consumers believe biosecurity controls on imported pork should not be relaxed.

The survey of about 1000 people conducted in April, found only about a third of consumers know where the pork they buy comes from.

The industry is in a legal battle with the Ministry of Agriculture over new standards allowing limited imports of fresh uncooked pork from countries that have the disease Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

Last month, the High Court in Wellington continued an order granting New Zealand Pork interim relief to prohibit importation of uncooked pork while the matter is before the courts.