Property prices, poison and public rights

August 1, 2009

It looks like a bloody no-brainer to Alf: the public is entitled to know if a chunk of property might have been contaminated by chemicals. Providing them with this information is more important than any threat to property prices.

Perhaps brains are in short supply on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

But it seems the buggers resisted revealing the locations of thousands of potentially contaminated sites.

Now the ombudsman has ruled that public safety is more important than the possible effects on property prices.
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Macdoctor keeps up the heat on frozen peas

April 7, 2009

While the Greens remain quiet, the New Zealand Food Safety Authority’s compliance and investigation director Geoff Allen has had something to say about the contamination of Talley’s frozen peas with black nightshade (which apparently grows among peas as a weed).

Allen said Talley’s told him yesterday that the contamination had occurred after an unusually bad spate of nightshade in the 2007-2008 harvest.

The company withdrew several products in February after the contamination was noticed, he said. It had also traced the source of the nightshade to two growers and was increasing oversight before harvesting.

The same story at Stuff says:

Talley’s spokesman Robert Darragh said he believed the recent complaints were from consumers who had stored products recalled in February.

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