[19 April/Stuff]

Agriculture and Food Safety Minister, Damien O’Connor, suggested the farming industry might turn away from palm kernel expeller use without government intervention. He indicated he had not decided if mandatory palm oil labelling on food was warranted. Lewis Road Creamery Chief Executive, Peter Culliane, noted that he supported banning palm oil expeller from New Zealand. PKE is used as an alternative feed for cattle. Mr O’Connor added that New Zealand’s ability to sustainably produce and sell primary products was key to a strong economy. He said that while PKE was an important tool for farmers when there was a lack of feed, some companies were moving away from its use for market reasons and customer demands. There was a consideration whether there should be mandatory labelling of palm oil or not.