Waitaki Herald : July 9th 2014
6 WAITAKI HERALD, JULY 9, 2014 NEWS/WELCOME TO OUR WORLD Chinese officials audit Pukeuri By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD email@example.com An audit of Alliance Group’s Pukeuri plant has been completed by Chinese officials. It’s unclear when or if exports to China will resume any time soon, as the result of the audit is unknown. The Pukeuri plant’s certification for China was suspended by the Ministry for Primary Industries last July after a container of sheep and lamb meat was shipped to China containing cartons that were incorrectly labelled. Alliance Group processing general man- Check over: Alliance Group’s Pukeuri plant north of Oamaru undergoes an audit by Chinese officials. ager Kerry Stevens says the outcome of the audit, which was conducted late last month, will be revealed in due course. ‘‘We can confirm that officials from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine have undertaken an audit of our Pukeuri plant in Oamaru. ‘‘We are awaiting the outcome of the report and advice as to the status of the plant for export in China.’’ He says the plant is currently in its maintenance shutdown period with processing scheduled to commence in late July. The plant, north of Oamaru, passed an Ministry for Primary Industries audit in November. Chinese market regulations require a label on both the inside and outside of the carton. The affected cartons were labelled on the outside only. The issue was related to packaging only and not the quality of meat exported. While the plant is now processing sheep and lamb meat, it was being processed at Alliance’s Smithfield plant while the packaging issue was being investigated. Around 240 staff at Pukeuri were out of work for nearly six weeks as a result of the packaging error. Wayne and Jill along with Bryce, Tayla, Maiah, Alex and Angus would like to introduce Morgan-Jayne Shearer. A beautiful little girl to complete our family. Born on May 31 2014, weighing 7lb 9oz (3.43kg). ➤SENDUSYOURPHOTOS! If you have had a recent addition to your family (within the past two months) we would love to publish your photo for free in the South Canterbury Herald and the Waitaki Herald. Email us including details and a phone number and attach a photo over 1mb, to firstname.lastname@example.org with BABIES in the subject line, or post them to c/o Tracy, PO Box 46, Timaru. Include your return address if you want the photo back. Oamaru Gigatown videos now online A programme of five-minute films imagining schools in the future was at the Oamaru Opera House recently. Seven films, made by local primary schools dur- ing the past term, were shown to a crowd of about 100 as well as five local judges Awards were given for Best in Festival to Glen- avy School with Glenavy Gets Happy. Runners-up were Totara School and Oamaru Intermediate School. Peoples Choice Award went to Weston School for Gigin’ it. The Best Gigatown movie went to Weston Pri- mary School. The local film festival leads into the national gigatown school video competition. All the movies shown are now on YouTube and can be linked through the Gigatown Oamaru website. The films need 500 views each to be eligible for the online competition.
July 16th 2014