Dairy owners shafted again


Like those little $1 bags of lollies that you get from the local dairy? Forget it. They are on their way out.?Newshub?reports that these harmless little treats have fallen foul of some regulation somewhere, and therefore they will be banned. quote:

Pre-packed lolly bag mixes from the dairy could be a thing of the past as dairy owners grapple with labelling laws.

Dairy owners are being told ingredients need to be listed on pre-packed lolly mixes.

It has forced Taupo dairy owner Sarah Saunders to get rid of them, and instead have bags with the same kind of lolly in them and one label.

She was told by a local confectionery representative that she now had to label her mixed bags, she said.

So the Rainbow Point Store owner enquired further and found out it was the law and has made changes.

“This is what we have to do, so that’s what I’m doing,” she said.

But she did not think it was practical.

“You’ve got a $2 mix with 20 lollies, so you’d need 20 labels on that little bag,” she said. “So that’s not happening.” end quote.

Easy fix. Just get hundreds of labels that read: Ingredients – sugar. There is not much else in these things anyway, apart from some colouring and gelling agents. quote:

Another dairy owner told Newshub customers will ultimately pay the price, either by getting one less lolly to cover the cost of the label, or the mixed bag could be scrapped altogether.

But the manager of food and beverage at NZ Food Safety said it was nothing new. end quote.

How ridiculous. Does anyone actually read the labels on lolly packets? They are full of sugar. If you can’t figure that out, there is nothing that anyone can do to help you. quote:

“The rules have been in place since 2002, so the rules have been the same for the last 16 years,” Sally Johnston said.

Which is why the recent push had puzzled Ms Saunders. end quote.

So why now? Surely those label laws are for manufacturers? They were never intended to apply to anyone who takes a finished product and puts it with other finished products into a mixed bag. Or were they? quote.

New Zealand Food Safety said non compliance could lead to court action.

“I do what I’m told,” Saunders said. “It’s an end of an era.” end quote.

Just another nail in the coffin. Just another bit of red tape, forcing small businesses out of business. Local dairies are places where schoolkids congregate after school, spending money on unhealthy stuff like soft drinks and lollies.

It is only a small thing, but it is just another thing that has fallen because of the government’s need to control our lives. It seems each week, we are losing something else, in this case to bureaucratic red tape. The red tape is an excuse to stop people from eating sugar. What a convenient way to stop a product from being sold.

It will make little or no difference to lolly sales overall. In fact, it may increase sales of larger packets, which are fully labelled. But once again, the small businesses are shafted in an effort to control our lives. We go slightly further down the slippery slope every time.