Growers blame cuts for food poisoning fiasco
John Weekes writes: Angry growers are doubtful authorities will be able to prove the origins of the painful food poisoning outbreak as a consumer backlash against carrots and lettuce hits home.
Horticulture New Zealand and the Labour Party yesterday blamed cutbacks to the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) food safety service for exacerbating the outbreak.
MPI yesterday released reports showing a high proportion of people suffering from yersinia pseudotuberculosis were exposed to lettuce and carrots.
A growers’ representative, John Seymour of Horticulture NZ, said the information provided to the public and to growers was inconclusive.