The­o­ries called spec­u­la­tive

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The New Zealand Ve­teri­nary As­so­ci­a­tion be­lieves that un­proven the­o­ries by a re­tired Mata­mata vet­eri­nar­ian do lit­tle to clar­ify the in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der way to de­ter­mine the cause of the con­tam­i­na­tion of some Fon­terra dairy prod­ucts.

Mata­mata re­tired vet­eri­nar­ian and farm con­sul­tant Frank Row­son re­cently ex­pressed doubts that the con­tam­i­na­tion of dairy and other prod­ucts was caused by a dirty pipe at Fon­terra’s Hau­tapu plant.

He be­lieved Fon­terra should be trac­ing the source of the clostrid­ium bac­te­ria back to farms or its own wa­ter sup­ply and wanted to talk to the co­op­er­a­tive about the threat of glyphosate con­tam­i­na­tion links in the food chain.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is work­ing closely with the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Fon­terra in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter clostrid­ium bac­te­ria that can cause the deadly bot­u­lism ill­ness was found in whey batches .

Vet­eri­nar­i­ans sup­port a ‘‘ro­bust sci­en­tific process’’ to es­tab­lish the cause.

‘‘Claims made by Mr Frank Row­son re­cently re­ported in the me­dia about the cause of the con­tam­i­na­tion are spec­u­la­tion and not help­ful in as­sist­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,’’ NZVA pres­i­dent Dr Steve Mer­chant said.

He said Row­son, de­scribed as a vet and farm con­sul­tant in the me­dia, was not a reg­is­tered vet­eri­nar­ian nor a mem­ber of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

‘‘He does not rep­re­sent the views of the ve­teri­nary pro­fes­sion or that of the NZVA.

‘‘We are deal­ing with a com­plex sci­en­tific is­sue and we need to bring to­gether the rel­e­vant sci­en­tific ex­per­tise in New Zealand to en­sure the in­ves­ti­ga­tion leads to a suc­cess­ful res­o­lu­tion.’’

Web sources list Row­son as a re­tired vetwith a de­gree in BVetMed and prac­tis­ing in 2009 in Mata­mata.

That same year he ac­cepted a po­si­tion as a trustee for Physi­cians and Sci­en­tists for Global Re­spon­si­bil­ity group.

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