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Robertson misleads parliament over Oravida claims

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 “same milk”, “milk from the same supplier” and “the same two litre bottles” 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 “not aware of any favouritism”.

Robertson continued his ‘holding to account’ of Judith Collins yesterday on Oravida. Most of the media focus was on the drama and the pressure on Collins, for example Judith Collins survives torrid session in Parliament and 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 Robertson’s initial attack about Oravida receiving preferential treatment from Chinese authorities was wide of the mark.

“It is not the same two-litre bottles simply with a different label,” he told National Radio. Ruimi’s 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.

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Photo Of The Day

Nat Farbman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Brownie gets the milk as Blackie waits his turn

Nat Farbman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Brownie gets the milk as Blackie waits his turn

Udder Bliss: One Cow, Three Cats and Some (Very) Fresh Milk

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The real milk controversy

Milkgate it isn’t, but useful to distract

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Isn’t this convenient?  TVNZ are under the hammer for being a Labour Party candidate incubator, and the next thing you know, they’ve got some interference running on a National MP over…

…a glass of milk.

There are claims Justice Minister Judith Collins may have breached parliamentary rules around perceptions concerning conflict of interest.

Ms Collins visited the Shanghai offices of Kiwi fresh milk exporter Oravida when she travelled to China in her capacity as Justice Minister in October last year.

Her husband is a director in the company.   Read more »

Gareth Morgan on Bludging Farmers

Gareth Morgan has taken time out of his hectic schedule of giving hand-jobs to dictators, running losing soccer teams and hating cats to write a good piece on bludging farmers in the NZ Herald.

‘Externality’ is just a flash way of Gareth saying “Bludging” and any sensible right winger expects costs to fall on those who incur them, not on the rest of us. Not paying your true costs is clearly bludging no matter what the ratbags at Federated Farmers reckon.

We have what economists call an “externality” – where the actions of a producer create costs they don’t pay for but leave others to pick up the tab. Until those costs are sheeted back fully to producers, in this case the farmers, their personal profits will be inflated at society’s cost. And of course the higher the profits, the more new dairy farms get set up, making the problem worse. A circuit-breaker is needed.

A sensible “NO BLUDGING” Policy would solve a lot of these problems.

The lack of a decent regulatory regime is the reason bludging farmers keep bludging off society, so the real ratbags are politicians who incentivise bludging.  Read more »

The only truly organic baby milk is breast milk

A careless mother has fed expired milk to her kid and it is all the fault of the supermarket.

If she’d ben breast-feeding then this issue would never have arisen…and how snobby buying”organic” milk for her kid…yeah the cows haven;t been treated with antibiotics, dosed, milked days earlier,m processed, pasteurised or anything else…but it’s organic…bullshit, the only organic milk is breast milk.

A child was sick for 48 hours after her mother inadvertently fed her baby milk from Tesco that was ten months out of date.

Jerri Lee gave two-month-old daughter Milan a bottle of organic milk she had bought on the way home from work.

But within moments the baby was sick and then remained ill for two days.

Photographer and model Miss Lee checked the bottle as Milan had never been sick before and had been healthy since she was born.

To her horror she found that the milk she had just given her was from a box of six small bottles whose sell-by date had expired ten months earlier.  Read more »

Nosh jacks in the cheap milk, didn’t work

Last year Nosh made a big splash by discounting milk. It couldn’t possibly work, ask any proper supermarket about loss leading.

All the tactic did is make them headlines, swamp the stores with bludgers looking for cheap milk and buying nothing else. Eventually you go broke if the only thing people buy you are making a loss on. The Herald reports:

Nosh’s new boss is brimming with ideas for driving sales at the upmarket grocery chain – but offering cut-price milk isn’t one of them.

Retail dairy prices are an emotive issue in New Zealand and Nosh gained a lot of publicity last year from offering milk for as little as $2 for 2 litres, which resulted in a small loss for the company.

Hayden Syers, who became chief executive in July, said the loss-leading strategy hadn’t been successful.  Read more »

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Map of the Day

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This map shows the lactase hotspots of the Old World, with the Lands of the Milk Drinkers marked in the darkest hues.

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Is Nathan next?

The Fonterra milk debacle has claimed its first scalp.

Will Nathan Guy be next?

The Fonterra contamination scare has claimed its first scalp with Gary Romano, Managing Director NZ Milk Products, resigning with immediate effect.

Chief executive Theo Spierings said he had accepted Mr Romano’s resignation.

“Gary has made a significant contribution during his time at Fonterra and we respect his decision,” Mr Spierings said.

Mr Spierings will assume interim responsibility for the day-to-day operations of NZ Milk Products.  Read more »

A new business line for Fonterra, or a serious challenge?

Fonterra could be moving fast into a new growth area for milk…or they could be quaking in their boots with this new development in China.

China’s super-rich are paying thousands of dollars a month for human breast milk, with some even choosing to be wet nursed.

The bizarre new trend has seen a rise in adults buying breast milk and drinking it either straight from the wet nurse or after it was expressed.

Newspaper reports on the service have provoked outrage in China with tens of thousands of people posting on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

According to the Southern Metropolis Daily, domestic staff agencies are offering wet nurses for newborns, sick people or anyone who will pay up to 16,000 yuan (ÂŁ2,600) a month.

Customers say they want the concentrated nutrition breast milk provides.   Read more »