Please explain Minister… yet again

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy needs to explain what is going on with our export of sheep casings to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.

“Our exports of partially processed casings to China have been halted and no one at the Ministry of Primary Industries will say why. It does not appear to be a food safety issue.

“What is going on with the Ministry and its lack of oversight of our trade with China? China is our biggest and most important market. Exports of casings to China were worth $98 million in the 2012/13 financial year.

“Since the restructuring of MPI into a ‘super ministry’ we have had nothing but ‘super’ problems: contaminated meat products, false botulism scares and the meat on wharves fiasco. The list goes on.

“Nathan Guy is once again missing in action. He needs to step up and show some leadership before this valuable trade is lost,” Damien O’Connor says.