Cul­prit un­likely to be found

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

In­ves­ti­ga­tions into the en­try of cow dis­ease My­coplasma bo­vis into New Zealand con­tinue, but Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries of­fi­cials con­cede they are un­likely to find the cul­prit.

Biosecurity NZ head Roger Smith told a pri­mary pro­duc­tion se­lect com­mit­tee that it re­mains com­mit­ted to find­ing the source of the out­break.

‘‘The chance of find­ing some­one who im­ported M bo­vis is very slim.

‘‘I don’t ex­pect to be charg­ing any­one for im­port­ing the bac­te­ria.’’

In­ves­ti­ga­tions may un­cover peo­ple who had com­mit­ted of­fences un­der the Biosecurity Act, but di­rectly link­ing them to the M bo­vis out­break was un­likely. Some prac­tices may need tight­en­ing up, or be in breach of reg­u­la­tions.

Vis­it­ing the na­tional Fiel­d­ays in Hamil­ton, O’con­nor said it was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to pin down le­gal li­a­bil­ity for the in­tro­duc­tion of the dis­ease.

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