Is it possible that New Zealanders may have resumed a moderated
cannibalism, with human genes having been found in pork sausage in the
United States? The US and Canada are major sources of imported pork in
New Zealand, and there are no barriers to transgenic pork ending up in
locally sold pork, ham and bacon.
The issue has been raised by recent news of cloned beef entering the British food chain. The initial news in Britain revolved around meat from a cloned beef animal that was
from a farm in Scotland. It transpired that a bull that was the son of a
cloned cow had been slaughtered and its meat sold for human
While this happened in 2009, it has caused a storm of protest in the United Kingdom over cloned meat being sold without consumer knowledge. The UK Food Standards Authority has begun an investigation, but on the matter of cloned meat that investigation has
become irrelevant as The Scotsman newspaper yesterday (Thursday 5th)
divulged that, "Supermarket shelves could have already been flooded with imported meat from cloned animals because of loopholes in
simply, we have no way of knowing what is in our meat, especially in
the pork we eat.
As over 50% of pork in New Zealand is imported, most of it from Canada and the United States where transgenic development of pigs is well advanced, there is a possibility that New
Zealand consumers are similarly exposed to eating transgenic meat.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has refused to make labelling
of such meat compulsory (Australia is one of the largest markets for
Canadian pork) in spite of the risk of exposure. Canada has already
legislated for transgenic pigs (modified with mouse DNA) to be farmed
openly, and this meat will be passed into the Canadian and US food
chain, as has already happened through a mistake.
organs for human transplants. Meat from these pigs has already been
discovered in sausages on general sale, and may have already been
exported to New Zealand.
So those days when human flesh was known colloquially in this country as "long pork" may not be too far from the present situation. Pakeha and puha might be closer to our pork and puha
national dish than we ever imagined.