Colour coding better than other front of pack labelling
August 8th, 2013

Colour coding better than other front of pack labelling

Danish researchers have found that label colour coding for food health standards is the only system that has a positive influence of consumer choices. The team from Arhus University surveyed 1000 consumers in Polish and German shopping complexes on their responses to front of pack nutrition labelling and colour coded health information on snack foods.

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Keith’s Take: Time for pigs to follow the sheep
August 1st, 2013

Keith’s Take: Time for pigs to follow the sheep

As a revolution it is a quiet one, but no less profound because of that. The decision by Beef + Lamb New Zealand to support country of origin labelling is a dramatic shift in attitude for our major primary industries, one not yet supported by the dairy sector, or by our grocery trade at large. But if it becomes the tipping point for honest food labelling in this country our supermarkets will never be the same again.

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NZ meat industry leads the way with country of origin labelling
July 26th, 2013

NZ meat industry leads the way with country of origin labelling

From August 1, all beef and lamb that is not from New Zealand will be labelled as such.

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Keith’s Take: Booze is really good for you
April 11th, 2013

Keith’s Take: Booze is really good for you

The new labelling regime introduced by Nikki Kaye’s signature this week on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand document has been generally applauded by food companies. It falls in line with their argument that self-regulation is preferable to official interference in their marketing activities. Consumer advocates are also supportive, if only because this is the first time this Government has shown any interest in the health consequences of fast-moving consumer goods, other than alcohol and tobacco.

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New food label regime will be good for exports
April 8th, 2013

New food label regime will be good for exports

The Food and Grocery Council has come out in support of the new food label regime on nutrition claims, saying that it will be good for both local consumers and exporters.

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Real calorie symbols might be obesity breakthrough
March 19th, 2013

Real calorie symbols might be obesity breakthrough

The adoption of calorie symbols for food packaging that relate directly to human experience may by the breakthrough that the anti-obesity campaign needs to increase public awareness of the problems of overeating. The new proposal is to brand food with the walking distance required to burn the calories contained, rather than the number of calories.

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Americans want clear labels on GE food
March 6th, 2013

Americans want clear labels on GE food

According to the latest survey of consumer opinion, Americans want clear labelling on food containing genetically modified material (GMO). A poll conducted by YouGov with the Huffington Post found only 9% of respondents do not want GMO food identified by label, while 82% want to know.

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Open labels proposed for Australian food
February 14th, 2013

Open labels proposed for Australian food

An agricultural science student has recommended to the Australian Federal Government that food labels should be obliged to carry the price originally paid to farmers for raw materials. Ashlee Hammond, an ABC Heywire programme winner, wants farm costs to be listed alongside nutritional values on food labelling.

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Coroner lacks understanding in Coke case, says Council
February 14th, 2013

Coroner lacks understanding in Coke case, says Council

The suggestion by the Otago-Southland Coroner of health warnings on soft drinks was no doubt well intentioned, but shows a lack of understanding of New Zealand’s food regulatory system, NZ Food & Grocery Council CEO Katherine Rich says.

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Samosas and spring rolls recalled
February 11th, 2013

Samosas and spring rolls recalled

‘Seastar’ branded Samosa and Vegetable Spring Rolls with a Best Before date of 20.11.2014 have been recalled. Both products are sold frozen in 750 Gram packs and sold through Pak’n’Save and New World supermarkets throughout the upper North Island.

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Council backs ministers’ decision on health claims
December 19th, 2012

Council backs ministers’ decision on health claims

The New Zealand Food and Grocery Council (NZFGC) has backed the recent decision by Australian and New Zealand food safety ministers to regulate health and nutrition claims on food labelling.

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Healthy food label claims are misleading
November 22nd, 2012

Healthy food label claims are misleading

Australian consumer advocate Choice has just published a survey it commissioned on food labels showing that almost half of food labels did not live up to their healthy claims.

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