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Monday 11 December 2006
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has commissioned an
independent enquiry into the circumstances surrounding recent imports of sweet
This enquiry will be led by former Secretary for Justice David Oughton. An
initial report is expected by Christmas.
The review will focus on the design and implementation of MAF's import
health standard relating to imports of Zea mays (maize and sweet corn
family) seeds for sowing, and the decision support tools available to MAF
Government policy is that no genetically modified (GM) material should enter
New Zealand unless it has been approved by the Environmental Risk Management
Authority (ERMA). MAF's role is to effectively enforce that policy at the
border. This enquiry is intended to assist MAF to strengthen its processes and
procedures to ensure they are up to the task required.
Brett Sangster, Director Corporate Communications
Phone: 0-4-894 0165 or 0-29-894 0165