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IMPORTANT NOTICE Needle found in capsicum in Countdown Tauranga

As you may be aware there was a media article stating that a needle has been found in a capsicum by a customer of Countdown in Tauranga.  (Please refer to the article below).

NZ Police and MPI are investigating the claim.

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THE MEDIA instead refer them in the first instance to:

Josie Vidal – Communications Manager (Horticulture NZ) 027 542 7475 or

John Seymour – General Manager (Vegetables NZ Inc) 0275 437 531

HortNZ and Vegetables NZ Inc will manage any media at present.  We do not as yet know the facts but we have systems in place (NZ GAP) to ensure that our food is safe, so please do not be drawn into deeper discussions around food safety.  We will keep the media updated.

Our goal is to minimise media attention to stop copycat repetition.

Needle found in Tauranga Countdown capsicum

The needle contamination scare continues with yet another piece of fresh produce found pierced with metal - this time, a hapless capsicum.

Tauranga man Will Taylor cooked his girlfriend a stir fry on Sunday, using a red capsicum he'd bought from Countdown Bureta Park the day before.

He told Stuff that when his partner bit into the vegetable, she felt something sharp scratch her tongue.

Upon closer inspection, the couple discovered a needle about 4cm long that seemed to have been jammed into the capsicum.

Mr Taylor told Stuff he called the supermarket immediately, and was told other capsicums would be taken off the shelves.

A Countdown spokesperson told Newshub they were aware of the incident, and the matter is now under investigation by NZ Police and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

The pointy discovery came just a day after a needle was found inside a punnet of strawberries at a Fresh Choice supermarket in Geraldine. It's the first time one's been found in any New Zealand-grown produce.

Three needles were found in another punnet in an Auckland supermarket in September.

More than 100 needles were found in fruit across Australia in a contamination crisis that proved devastating to at least one farm.

Newshub.


 

The 2019 VNZI Annual General Meeting and Horticulture Conference will be held on Wednesday 31 July to Friday 2 August, at Mystery Creek Hamilton...note your diary!


 

VNZI AGM held on Monday 23 July 2018 - Voting Results - Remit 7 and Remit 8

The 2018 Vegetables NZ Inc. (VNZI) Annual General Meeting and Horticulture Conference held in Christchurch earlier this week was a very successful event. 

The feedback from Monday’s Vegetable Sector speaker sessions, AGM, Horticulture Conference speakers and field trips was very positive.  Thank you to all those who attended!

An update on the outcome of the two, confidential value weighted votes, Remit 7 and Remit 8 follows:

Remit 7

That Vegetable New Zealand Inc. members support the proposal for a separate biosecurity levy, to be set by the VNZI Board at its discretion, which will initially be set at a rate of 0.05% with a maximum rate of 0.20% of gate sales value, for application to GIA readiness and response related expenditure, and only applied if at the Board’s discretion such expenditure is required. 

Remit 7 - Result

 

For  

Against

 

Grower Vote

96%

4%

 

Value Vote

99%

1%

Remit 8

That Vegetables New Zealand Inc. members support and approve the VNZI Board making decisions on behalf of members in respect of negotiating and signing Operational Agreements as may be required under the GIA and authorising the payment of other related biosecurity expenses. 

Remit 8 - Result

 

For  

Against

 

Grower Vote

96%

4%

 

Value Vote

99%

1%

This positive result will enhance the Vegetables NZ Inc. and Ministry for Primary Industries working partnership in meeting the demands of biosecurity risk in New Zealand going forward.

For your information - all other Remits, i.e. Remits 1-6 and 9 were agreed unanimously.

Thank you to those who attended the VNZI AGM and Horticulture Conference, we look forward to see you all again next year! 


 

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