by Steffan Browning
Our supermarkets could soon be stocking irradiated vegetables coming from Queensland.
The Queensland Government has applied to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to irradiate tomatoes and capsicums, as a biosecurity control. Australian tomatoes and capsicum are imported into New Zealand, as the vegetables are staple fare for many, regardless of the season.
Irradiation is not safe. It is the treating a food with ionizing radiation to kill bugs.
Our biosecurity in New Zealand is crucial to our economy and there is no way we should be loosening our standards. However, if a food can’t be imported without the use of irradiation then we really need to be taking a step back and looking at our options.
We should be investing in better biosecurity technology and in our domestic fruit and vegetable producers to meet demand. If vegetables cannot be imported without risking biosecurity or using unsafe technology, then we shouldn’t import them. Eating locally grown and in season, or safely solving biosecurity risks are the only options.
Make a submission on this application and say no to more irradiation.
Submissions close this Wednesday 7 November evening.
See here for information on how: