Ir­ra­di­ated food la­belling

Food Stan­dards Aus­tralia New Zealand (FSANZ) have re­leased the re­sult of their 18-month re­view of la­belling for ir­ra­di­ated food. Toma­toes NZ was con­sulted directly and made a sub­mis­sion ad­vo­cat­ing for the re­ten­tion of the la­belling re­quire­ment, be­cause ou

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Good news on food la­belling rules.

The con­clu­sion of the re­view was that the ir­ra­di­ated food la­belling rules will not be changed.

This is good news, as it means that ir­ra­di­ated im­ported Aus­tralian toma­toes (and other ir­ra­di­ated pro­duce) must con­tinue to be la­belled as ir­ra­di­ated, at point-of sale. All Aus­tralian toma­toes ar­riv­ing here are ir­ra­di­ated for biose­cu­rity pur­poses. [Pic­ture]

There have been some ship­ments of Aus­tralian toma­toes ar­riv­ing dur­ing Au­gust. If you see Aus­tralian toma­toes that are not la­belled “ir­ra­di­ated”, please re­port the de­tails (in­clud­ing the time, lo­ca­tion, and a photo if pos­si­ble) to the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries, email Info@mpi.govt.nz or phone 0800 008 333.

EMIS­SIONS TRADING SCHEME

In late July, the gov­ern­ment made an an­nounce­ment on Emis­sions Trading Scheme (ETS) pol­icy, which is un­der seem­ingly con­stant re­view. Toma­toes NZ, along­side Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand and Veg­eta­bles NZ, par­tic­i­pated in the re­view process by at­tend­ing work­shops and mak­ing sub­mis­sions. Of par­tic­u­lar note for green­house grow­ers in the July an­nounce­ment:

• There will be no changes to the “free al­lo­ca­tion” of Emis­sions Trading Scheme (ETS) units for green­house tomato and cap­sicum grow­ers and other “Emis­sions In­ten­sive Trade Ex­posed In­dus­tries”. How­ever this sta­tus is likely to re­viewed again af­ter 2020.

• The re-open­ing of in­ter­na­tional unit trading is sig­nalled, but it will be with lim­i­ta­tions. (The un­writ­ten point here is that they do not want to see the unit price plunge like it pre­vi­ously did when there was in­ter­na­tional trading.)

• The cur­rent $25 price ceil­ing for ETS units is likely to be in­creased. No time­frame was given for this, but it would prob­a­bly be when in­ter­na­tional trading resumes. Ad­di­tion­ally, the gov­ern­ment an­nounced plans to:

• In­tro­duce an auc­tion­ing sys­tem for ETS units.

• Align the ETS to New Zealand cli­mate change tar­gets (i.e. re­duc­ing emis­sions to 30% be­low 2005 lev­els by 2030, un­der the Paris Agree­ment). • Co­or­di­nate de­ci­sions on the sup­ply set­tings in the ETS over a rolling five-year pe­riod, in an at­tempt to in­crease cer­tainty.

In Au­gust, the gov­ern­ment’s Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion re­leased a “Low emis­sions econ­omy is­sues” paper, as part of an in­quiry to “iden­tify op­tions for how New Zealand could re­duce its do­mes­tic green­house gas emis­sions and tran­si­tion to­wards a low emis­sions fu­ture, while con­tin­u­ing to grow in­comes and well­be­ing.”

BIOSE­CU­RITY AGREE­MENTS

FOR FRUIT FLY AND BROWN MAR­MORATED STINK BUG SIGNED

At the Toma­toes NZ An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing held 12th July in Tau­ranga, re­mits man­dat­ing the in­dus­try’s sign­ing of Op­er­a­tional Agree­ments, and the es­tab­lish­ment of a biose­cu­rity levy, were over­whelm­ingly sup­ported by those who voted.

Fol­low­ing that, Toma­toes NZ par­tic­i­pated in the Brown Mar­morated Stink Bug (BMSB) Op­er­a­tional Agree­ment and joined the Fruit Fly Op­er­a­tional Agree­ment.

As sig­na­to­ries to these two agree­ments, Toma­toes NZ will

par­tic­i­pate in readi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, and if re­quired, in re­sponses.

Toma­toes NZ will sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion for a biose­cu­rity levy in the com­ing months. The ini­tial levy rate will be 0.10%, and the max­i­mum 0.25%, how­ever we don’t ex­pect this to be in place for at least 12 months.

NEW STAFF MEM­BER

Toma­toes NZ has ap­pointed Kar­ren Orr to a new part-time busi­ness man­ager po­si­tion. The role will be com­bined with that of busi­ness man­ager for Veg­eta­bles.co.nz and based in the Hort NZ of­fice. Karen starts dur­ing Septem­ber.

▶ A good ex­am­ple of how Aus­tralian Ir­ra­di­ated toma­toes should con­tinue to be la­belled.

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