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20 April 2006
An investigation by the MAF Quarantine Service has uncovered the prohibited
importation of raw minced pork cutlets from Korea, Biosecurity New Zealand
"The raw meat was part of six pallets of cooked ham products imported
from Korea between August and December 2005. Raw meat imports from Korea
are prohibited," said Biosecurity New Zealand incursion response manager
The cutlets were discovered during routine surveillance of food distributors
and retailers by MAF Quarantine Service staff looking for prohibited goods.
"While we have one of the best biosecurity systems in the world, we
know that smuggling and non-compliance still occurs. Surveillance provides us
with another line of defence against the introduction of unwanted pests and
diseases," he said.
The New Zealand Food Safety Authority advises that they have no food safety
concerns about this particular product.
However MAF considers the cutlets may pose a small risk to our meat
industries if the raw pork product is illegally fed to animals.
"This is a timely reminder of why New Zealand has strict regulations
controlling feed to animals. Raw meat products must not be fed to farm
animals under any circumstances," Mr Hayes said.
If anyone is, or has been, in possession of this particular product
(pictured) they are asked to hold it, keep it refrigerated and call 0800
"Other cooked pork product that was included within the same
consignment is also under investigation, as it may have been incorrectly
labelled and cleared. This material, however, poses a significantly lower risk
than the raw pork cutlets, and so is not the primary focus of our
inquiries," Mr Hayes said.
Tina Nixon, Senior Communications Adviser, Biosecurity New Zealand, 027