Anger over claims about serious stomach illness

Publish Date
Thursday, 16 October 2014, 3:46PM

UPDATED 3:00pm: Horticulture New Zealand is taking aim at the Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, following early claims carrots and lettuce were to blame for the outbreak of a severe stomach bug.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has been unable to establish the cause of the Yersinia Pseudo Tuberculosis outbreak.  

Chief executive Peter Silcock says Dr Alistair Humphrey stepped over the line when he pointed blame early on.

"We still don't know what product has actually caused this outbreak. The investigations are ongoing." 

That's despite the report confirming a high correlation between the illness and bags of carrots and lettuce.

Stomach illness source still unknown 

The Ministry for Primary Industries still doesn't know the source of the Yersinia Pseudo Tuberculosis outbreak.

A Ministry statement released today shows an initial report on October 6 linked fresh produce such as Pam's carrots and lettuce to the illness.

The public were only made aware of the link and subsequent health issues a week later.

The Ministry says it's not a simple situation and the outbreak can't be linked to just one brand, grower, or retailer.

Foodstuffs has admitted its Pam's products could be the cause.

The Ministry's investigation is still ongoing.

Source: Newstalk ZB