The bills are either World Trade Organisation or Codex Alimentarius-initiated bills, or they meet the aims of these organisations. They do not specifically address the needs of the food and natural health industry in New Zealand.
The Natural Health Products Bill seems to be aimed at standardising products and potential ingredients. This is not how nature works. It will restrict the possibilities massively, largely due to cost.
Significant issues for New Zealand’s safety include campylobacter in domestic foods, and heavy metals and other contaminants in imported foods. Campylobacter rates are unlikely to reduce under this law, because Kate Wilkinson has said high-risk food producers were already meeting the level of compliance that would be required. Contaminant levels will not improve because guidelines will follow those of Codex. Why have we heard so little from the government on how the bill is meant to make food safer?