New Zealand Pork is appealing against a High Court ruling backing the Ministry for Primary Industries' decision to allow uncooked pork to be imported from countries where the pig disease Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is present.
Farmers fear the uncooked pork will make its way to backyard piggeries and be fed to pigs, leading to an outbreak of the disease that is potentially lethal to the animals.
At present, pork from countries with PRRS must be cooked before entering New Zealand. The ministry says there is very little chance of an outbreak here and points to the fact that for ten years prior to 2001, uncooked pork was imported without incident.
Monday November 26, 2012/ Radio NZ/ New Zealand.