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Diseased Food

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Toxic Country – Diseased Food

Green Party Report:

Much of New Zealand food is “contaminated with disease-causing bacteria and viruses as a result of over-crowded factory farming conditions and unhygienic processing plants.”

“New Zealand has the highest rates of Campylobacter food poisoning in the developed world, nearly 3 times higher than the next highest countries, England and Wales, and 10 times higher than America and Canada.”

“An extraordinary 75,000 New Zealanders [nearly 2 percent of their population] are affected by Campylobacter food poisoning every year.”

“Did you know?

  • Consumption of chicken in New Zealand causes more cases of Campylobacter food poisoning than all other risk factors combined.
  • Refrigeration does not get rid of Campylobacter as it survives better at refrigerated temperatures than at room temperatures.
  • A recent study found Campylobacter present on 40-80 percent of chicken carcasses and livers at processing plants.
  • Another recent study found 24 percent of chicken packs were externally contaminated with Campylobacter.
  • Up to 60 percent of total retail samples of raw poultry in New Zealand have been found to be contaminated with Camplyobacter.
  • There has been a 400 percent increase in reported cases of Campylobacter since 1990 – from 3,850 reported cases in 1990 to 15,000 reported cases in 2003. But for every case at least 7 go unreported.
  • The long term effects of Campylobacter include Guillain-Barre Syndrome and reactive arthritis: Campylobacter food poisoning is thought to be the cause of 10 percent of all cases of reactive arthritis and 25 percent of all cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
  • The most at-risk groups are infants and young adults.
  • The defeathering process in slaughter houses is considered a major source of contamination because contaminated carcasses spread the microorganisms to all the other carcasses.
  • Raw poultry manure, straight from the factory farms, is spread untreated onto paddocks, and Camplyobacter lives in the gut of birds.
  • Campylobacter can spread through waterways to infect other livestock including cows, and humans.”

Original report

Mirrored at:  Who needs a food revolution?

Warning! Do Not Feed Your Children New Zealand Food Imports!

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Birth to Alzheimer’s in 12 products

Posted by te2ataria on December 13, 2009 [sent by a reader]

Up to 50,000 New Zealanders Have Dementia

Clean, Green and 2.5 times more people with dementia than world average

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of senile dementia, which occurs as a result of physical changes in the structure of the brain that affect memory, thinking, behavior, judgment and emotion.

It’s estimated that up to 50,000 New Zealanders currently have dementia. That is about one and a quarter percent (1¼%) of New Zealand population. [Alzheimers New Zealand figure quoted from Dementia Economic Impact Report 2008 is 40,746]

The World Alzheimer’s Report 2009 estimates that 35 million people will have dementia worldwide by 2010. That is less than one half of one percent (0.5%)  of the world population.

Conclusion: The incidence of dementia are two and a half times (2.5 x) greater in New Zealand than the rest of the world.

How could this happen?

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s Disease

Two new studies provide additional evidence “pointing to a link between pesticide exposure and the risk for neurological disorders.” Medscape reported.

“One study linked high levels of an organochlorine pesticide called beta-hexachlorocyclohexane (beta-HCH) to an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease (PD), while another showed an association between agricultural pesticide exposure and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD).”

Persistent organochlorine pesticides

“[P]ersistent organochlorine pesticides (including DDT, dieldrin) were used widely in New Zealand. The main areas of use were agriculture, horticulture, timber treatment and public health (Table 1). Smaller amounts were also used for amenity purposes and in households.” New Zealand Government says.

Organochlorine contamination: Some of the 60,000 or so synthetic organochlorines that have been formulated since about 1940 are highly persistent or long-lived (e.g. DDT, DDE, PCBs, PCP, HCBs, dioxins, chlordane, lindane, aldrin, dieldrin). —Truth about New Zealand

Pesticide manufacture

“New Zealand has ‘about a dozen’ pesticide manufacturing sites. No information is publicly available about the scale and extent of land contamination associated with these sites with the exception of ‘a disused site in the small coastal town of Mapua , on the Waimea inlet near Nelson. Various pesticides and agricultural chemicals were manufactured and formulated there from 1945 to 1988 by the Fruitgrowers Chemical Company.’”

“DDT was mixed with fertiliser and applied to pasture in a bid to control grass grubs and porina caterpillars. It was also used on lawns and market gardens, parks and sports fields. Its use …was finally banned in 1989. DDT has a half-life of 10 years in dry soils, but its main residue, DDE, is far more persistent, showing little change in soil levels over 20 years.”—Truth about New Zealand

The US study, “1 of the largest of its kind to date and perhaps the first to link a particular pesticide with PD, found that 9 of the 16 pesticides tested were present in study subjects. The pesticide found most often was p.pDDE. It was detected in 100% of the AD patients, 72% of the PD patients, and 86% of the controls.” Medscape report said.

Safe Food Campaign research

Safe Food Campaign researcher Alison White has listed the top 12 foods in New Zealand that are most likely to contain pesticide residues.

Whit’s list of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ food is based on data complied by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority and includes Bread, dairy products and fruit, both fresh and canned.

The Dirty Dozen (from Safe Food website)

Food in New Zealand with the most pesticide residues ranked according to number of pesticides detected in total samples and percentage with pesticides.

The above ‘dirty dozen’ produce were closely followed by cucumber, nectarines, lettuce, tomatoes, wine and pears.

According to  a 2006 study, “children who were exposed prenatally to the organophosphate insecticide chlorpyrifos, as measured in the umbilical cord, were significantly more likely to have poorer mental and motor development by three years of age and increased risk for behaviour problems.” New Zealand uses  Chlorpyrifos on almost all grain, fruit and vegetables.  Apples, apricots, celery, grapes,  mandarins, oranges, pears, peaches, raisins, sultanas, tomatoes, as well as bread and wine, among others, were recently found to contain the toxic chemical, said White.

“We do not know enough about the effects of these chemicals in our food. However, there are various serious long term effects associated with particular pesticides that are found in our food, including endocrine or hormonal disruption, cancer, immune system suppression, nervous system damage, genetic damage and birth defects. We also know that various pesticides used to grow food have damaging effects on wildlife and the ecosystem.”

The highly toxic chlorothalonil, a fungicide, believed to be a human carcinogen, is found in Celery. The deadly chemical “in laboratory studies has caused DNA damage and embryo loss.”  The EPA in the US intends to study Chlorothalonil as a potential endocrine disruptor. “This pesticide has also been found in groundwater, sea water and air and is toxic to many species, including earthworms.”

Celery also contain mancozeb, yet another fungicide, which breaks down to  ethylene thiourea and causes cancer, endocrine disruption, goitre and birth defects, the report said.

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17 Responses to “Diseased Food”

  1. Arna Johnson said

    [Unintelligent comment. Disallowed by Moderator: Te2Ataria]

  2. te2ataria said

    See Editorial Policy.

  3. […] Diseased Food […]

  4. […] “An extraordinary 75,000 New Zealanders [nearly 2 percent of their population] are affected by Campylobacter food poisoning every year.” [See report highlights.] […]

  5. Walle said

    I remember while living in Switzerland for some time that the only source of lamb was from NZ. I quickly became an ex lamb fan.

  6. te2ataria said

    A lot of Brits are ex NZ lamb fan, too.

  7. PD said

    Green Party co-leader Rod Donald died from myocarditis following Campylobacter infection. Auckland yacht engineer Paul White was permanently paralyzed by this same infection (undercooked lamb shanks). It is serious.

    In 06 REPORTED campylobacter infection rates were 3 times higher than Australia; 30 times higher than the US.

    New Zealand rates of campylobacter poisoning had by that time nearly tripled since the late 90s, and in that year of 06 they were the highest in the world according to the first NZ statistic in this area ever admitted in an international peer-reviewed journal. Well-publicised efforts are being made to bring this problem under control.

    The success of these efforts? Who knows? The reporting on New Zealand is not honest because they depend heavily on visitors’ money and the “clean” reputation that brings visitors in.

  8. P.D. said

    Dr Humphrey said though New Zealand had the highest incidence of campylobacter in the Western world.

    Makes you wonder how many cases of fatalities are not reported as associated with campylobacter. Most people would not know to make the connection, and even if they did most doctors would discount it as a connection. “Rare”, ahem, not likely, yes, moving right along.

    The figures are from

  9. te2ataria said

    The beached whales in Coromandel peninsula
    may have something to do with the Toxic shellfish alert in the peninsula earlier this year

  10. No**sets said


    They are switching responsibility from inspectors to food operators in the new risk-based system they are designing. More resources to be focused where problems are most likely to arise?

    Not holding my breath anyway;they always find ways to cut corners.

    • te2ataria said

      “… they always find ways to cut corners.”
      That’s a fact. The system isn’t put in place to protect the consumer; it’s designed to protect the bottom line.

  11. yecch said


    Auckland’s water supply is partially sourced from the Waikato River, which cows poo into. Toxic levels at some spots sampled.

  12. te2ataria said

    A type of herpes called Ostreid herpesvirus-1 (OsHV-1) has been identified as the likely cause for the deaths of vast numbers of juvenile Pacific oysters around the North Island, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has confirmed.


  13. WoodyW said

    The global warming explanation for all the new sealife diseases and sex changes is a godsend for the NZ government. They can beat their moral chests about the environment and do nothing. They love excuses (as valid as these might be) that they can USE to get them off the hook. Sewage from broken and misdirected pipes, landfills and waste from encouraging migration, tourism and development for “easy money and quick fix development solutions” but not improving infrastructure has contaminated and harmed more shellfish beds so far than than these sorts of new diseases, IMO. The government has to curtail migration and respect the land and its creatures. They should leave large tracts entirely alone. The NZ government has to manage its development in a way that does not harm shellfish beds, which are an important source of food for local communities. If it can blame circumstances outside its own control for destruction of sealife and the people who steward and live off of the sea, it won’t have to take action or spend money.

  14. wqe3srd5tfy said

    Did you read this, about the Clean Green 100% Pure Nation snootily refusing entry to “obese” immigrants while promoting obesity throughout the South Pacific? Rather than print this as a comment, psst! it might make a good report 😉

    Keep up the good work guys.


  15. Zain said

    Thank you for the very informative site.

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