The Prime Minister was, however, quick to state that it wasn’t our beef that was the cause.
And the Meat Industry Association reckons the chance of the virus being transmitted on food or packaging, let alone food from New Zealand, is negligible.
Our meat industry has done an amazing job this year to keep covid-19 out of the supply chain, as has the entire nation in keeping it mostly out of the country.
Still, our name is linked to this story and more information is needed to clear it. That seems likely but it might take some time.
It would be a bitter disappointment if our exports were impacted after so much hard work though no fault of our own.
MIA monitoring covid detection claims
The meat industry is awaiting further information from Chinese authorities about claims genetic material from covid-19 has been detected on the packaging of frozen beef exported from NZ.
Fonterra council wants quick action
The Fonterra Shareholders’ Council wants to implement structural and procedural changes recommended by the recent steering group review as quickly as possible, chair James Barron says.
Profit gets away from Sanford
Sanford fishing company has been hit hard by the loss of foodservice sales during the covid-19 pandemic, reporting a 46% fall in net profit to $22.4 million.
Northland enjoys grass bounty
Northland farmers are knee-deep in grass and enjoying what one long-term rural professional called the best spring growth seen in many years.
Opportunity lies in field peas
The appetite for plant-based meat substitutes has emerged as more than just a fad with consumer preferences now demanding specific brands and ingredients.
Tonight on Sarah’s Country:
7:10pm – Machinery enthusiast Jaiden Drought showcases his new venture Harrisville Harvest Demo Day set to take place on December 10.
7:20pm – Spring Sheep chief executive Scottie Chapman talks about its new business model and what direction sheep milking is heading in.
7:30pm – The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership delivers a new rule book for Asia trade. Trade Works executive director Stephen Jacobi has the latest trade updates.
7:40pm – The 2020 Young Auctioneer of the Year winner Andrew Sherratt shares his journey to success.