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New Zealand MP alleges PMWS-MBM link

by 5m Editor
10 February 2004, at 12:00am

NEW ZEALAND - An MP suggests a link between Post-Weaning Multi-System Wasting Disease and Meat and Bonemeal.

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Sue Kedgley, New Zealand's Green spokesman for safe food and consumer affairs, is blaming (bizarrely, some might think) the outbreak of PMWS in New Zealand on the feeding of meat and bonemeal.

She has called for the feeding of MBM to pigs to be banned. “It is frankly astonishing that it is not already illegal in New Zealand, given its connection to Mad Cow disease, and the fact that this practice is banned in many other parts of the world."

She is also calling on the New Zealand ministry of agriculture to reintroduce regulations requiring swill to be boiled for a specified time to kill infectious organisms.

Australian pig producers are calling for a ban on pigmeat imports from countries that have PMWS/PDNS.

Source: National Pig Association - 10th February 2004

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