Citing individuals’ right to choose, a British judge has rejected health and safety advice and the weight of scientific evidence to reject London health officials’ attempts to demand meat patties served to the public are well cooked.
The fourth case of contaminated New Zealand dairy product in five years, and the third this month, has been classified by Prime Minister John Key as an isolated case, while defending his government’s decision to keep the case secret for a week.
New Zealand Government-owned AsureQuality and PwC New Zealand have signed a collaboration framework agreement with China Mengniu Dairy Company and COFCO Corporation to investigate the development of a China New Zealand agribusiness service and Food Safety Centre of Excellence in China.
Heinz Wattie’s has welcomed a new food health labelling standard which includes 200 pre-approved food health claims.
A new report published by the Kansas City Star claims that beef production in the US is a filthy mess.
One of the key arguments by the food industry made during the recent Food Bill debate, and one reiterated globally by food companies fighting for less restrictive food labelling legislation, is that regulatory decisions around food safety issues should be “evidence based”. In the current contest over food colouring additives that is precisely what both Food Safety Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council (NZFGC) have failed to do.
A new survey of consumer attitudes in China shows that urban Chinese consumers are increasing their expenditure of organic foods and beverages.
The Food & Grocery Council (FGC) has come out in support of action taken by the Ministry for Primary Industry to restrict private exports of infant formula to China.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission, the United Nations food standards body, has agreed on a set of residue limits for the veterinary drug ractopamine in animal tissues.
The release this week of new research showing limited direct linkage between sugar consumption and obesity makes the point, if one needed to be made, that science does not provide comfortable material for politicking. While the case against sugar, by sweet and nasty campaigners, is currently loud and vociferous, this new paper’s appearance reminds us that like tobacco the war for control of sugar is just warming up.
This week I received a beautiful gift – a gourmet duck product. My gratitude was tinged with sadness though, as the product, which was clearly labelled ‘refrigerate’, was sent out on a mid-day courier on a warm day, without slicker pads, wrapping or insulation.
Late last week (Friday, April 20) the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidelines on the use of nanotechnology in food.