22 Feb 2014

Don't fear spot checks says academic

1:51 pm on 22 February 2014

An agribusiness professor says spot checks of New Zealand dairy factories by Chinese auditors next month are not a cause for concern and should be expected by the dairy industry.

The Ministry for Primary Industries says the audits are a response to last year's botulism contamination scare and changes in Chinese regulatory rules.

The Ministry has alerted industry groups and government departments to the audit, and confirmed the inspectors will visit next month.

Massey University's professor of Agribusiness Hamish Gow says the checks are standard good business practice and the industry should expect them to happen on a regular basis.

Professor Gow says there is no reason for dairy businesses to be concerned if their operations are running according to best practice.

The Ministry for Primary Industries says such audits are carried out regularly by other trading partners and New Zealand conducts similar audits in other countries.