Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC) Threats to the New Zealand Economy. Dr Roger Cook Assistant Director (Science) & Principal Adviser (Microbiology). Threats via Where?. Absenteeism or Trade?. Absenteeism 90-100 notified cases a year (c.w. campylobacteriosis)
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Dr Roger Cook
Assistant Director (Science) & Principal Adviser (Microbiology)
Worthy of protection
E. coli O157:H7
= Big Trouble
US industry not under adequate control
MegaReg (United States)Pathogen Reduction HACCP Rule 1995
MegaReg (Imports)NZ view: Imposed, without a risk-basisTheir problem, not ours!!
GATT removed tariff barriers, but technical barriers remained
WTO SPS Agreement + Codex Standards
Trade parity for New Zealand
Composite analyses positive (4y)
Composite analyses positive