Yesterday in parliament Grant Robertson hurled the accusation that another company who used the same milk and packaging as Oravida has their products blocked while Oravida’s products are flowing across the border.
Pete George has identified that this claim is in fact false, that Grant Robertson is misleading parliament and also misleading the public in his pursuit of Judith Collins.
Grant Robertson has claimed that âsame milkâ, âmilk from the same supplierâ and âthe same two litre bottlesâ was given different Chinese border control treatment, with Oravida milk accepted while Ruima Food milk was rejected.
Corrie Den Haring, general manager of Green Valley Dairies who supplies the milk to both the companies, says the milk products involved were not the same, and he is ânot aware of any favouritismâ.
Robertson continued his âholding to accountâ of Judith Collins yesterday on Oravida. Most of the media focus was on the drama and the pressure on Collins, for exampleÂ Judith Collins survives torrid session in ParliamentÂ andÂ Collins survives bruising barrage.
Much less emphasis is being put on holding Grant Robertson to account for his accusations.
Grant Robertson needs to provide proof of the accusations. He mustn’t resort to the bully antics of Trevor Mallard who is now insisting that Judith Collins disprove his smear, when he has no evidence to even make his smear in the first place. Robertson has made claims and now he needs to back them up…which may prove difficult given the supplier of milk has stated the exact opposite.
Meanwhile, Corrie Den Haring, general manager of Green Valley Dairies which supplies milk to both Oravida and Ruimi, said Mr Robertsonâs initial attack about Oravida receiving preferential treatment from Chinese authorities was wide of the mark.
âIt is not the same two-litre bottles simply with a different label,â he told National Radio. Ruimiâs milk was a flavoured or extra-calcium product which required extra testing at the border. Delays meant the milk was too old for sale and was destroyed.