Author(s): D J Robinson
This book charts the history of the New Zealand meat hygiene service, which for over a century has reliably managed the public health risks posed by meat and fish products and assured their access to foreign markets - a task of huge economic significance. This remarkable service has operated in a difficult environment, subject to changing scientific knowledge, technology, market requirements, economic pressures and public expectations. Through a distinctly Kiwi mix of ingenuity and integrity it has become the acknowledged world leader in its field and a major New Zealand success story. Derek Robinson moved to New Zealand from Fiji in 1976 to work in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries' meat division. His career since then is also a record of the evolution of MAF over three decades, with involvement in many of the big developments of that period. He was prime mover of the review of agriculture-related legislation which led to the Biosecurity Act, the Agriculture Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act, the Animal Welfare Act and the Animal Products Act.