The Australian Federal Government's decision to pay a record
$A50 million (NZ$62.3 million) compensation to the founder of
complementary medicine manufacturer, Pan Pharmaceuticals,
does not impact on New Zealand, Food Safety Minister Lianne
Jim Selim sued the Australian Therapeutic Goods Association
(TGA) for ruining his business, claiming it had acted outside
its power when withdrawing his company licence, after
concerns over certain products and manufacturing processes,
the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The TGA recalled all products manufactured by Pan and as some
of these products were on sale in New Zealand, then food
safety minister Annette King recalled the products here.
Ms Dalziel said last week New Zealand's decision to recall
the products in question was based on evidence provided by
the TGA in Australia, but the process run in New Zealand was
entirely separate and the recall made under the Food Act
Health Freedom spokeswoman Nicola Grace said a class action
suit against the TGA involving some 100 businesses that
closed because of this recall was likely to ensue and "the
ticket may just include Minister Annette King".
She called for an inquiry into the recall and for Ms King to
resign as a result of the Australian decision, claiming the
natural product recall in New Zealand was illegal.