Meeting government standards is about the worst thing any group can say when it comes to trust.
Almost all food purchases are an act of faith-based food safety.
The Pinto, an American car that had a tendency to explode when hit from behind, also met all government standards.
More than half the supermarket chickens in a Consumer NZ study carried Campylobacter, but the poultry association says the test was much stricter than official requirements.
The study of 40 chickens found 65 per cent (26 chickens) tested positive for Campylobacter, Consumer NZ said.
Fourty chickens don’t mean statistical shit, especially if they were from the same grower.
But already, the industry and the government are defending NZ poultry, without a lot of data.
Like blowing up real good.
Poultry Industry Association director Michael Brooks said chicken only accounted for 40 per cent of New Zealand’s campylobacter cases.
Some might consider that a lot.
Radio New Zealand reported that Brooks said, “The important thing is to remember that cooking kills campylobacter, and that it’s important to have good hygiene practices when handling a raw product. Safe storage practices and cooking it thoroughly will prevent the risk of illness.”
It’s about lowering loads. All that Campy into a kitchen means cross-contamination is rife.
In a statement, MPI director of systems audit, assurance and monitoring Allan Kinsella said the ministry had considered a retail testing programme but decided it was unnecessary.
Mandatory testing for broiler chicken carcasses was introduced in 2006, she said, and had been so successful it had led to a more than 50 percent reduction in foodborne campylobacter cases between 2007 and 2015.
The posturing on either side is a scam.
When will someone step forward and credibly say, in NZ, we should have fewer people barfing?