Culprit unlikely to be found
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.