Judge refutes science: claims food poisoning is personal choice
August 27th, 2013

Judge refutes science: claims food poisoning is personal choice

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.

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Key claims yet another contamination of NZ dairy product “isolated”
August 20th, 2013

Key claims yet another contamination of NZ dairy product “isolated”

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.

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Partnership to offer significant benefits for New Zealand and China’s agriculture industries
April 11th, 2013

Partnership to offer significant benefits for New Zealand and China’s agriculture industries

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.

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Wattie’s throws support behind new food labels
April 9th, 2013

Wattie’s throws support behind new food labels

Heinz Wattie’s has welcomed a new food health labelling standard which includes 200 pre-approved food health claims.

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American beef is a dirty business
December 13th, 2012

American beef is a dirty business

A new report published by the Kansas City Star claims that beef production in the US is a filthy mess.

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Keith’s Take: Science based decisions please
November 8th, 2012

Keith’s Take: Science based decisions please

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.

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Chinese attracted to organic options
October 25th, 2012

Chinese attracted to organic options

A new survey of consumer attitudes in China shows that urban Chinese consumers are increasing their expenditure of organic foods and beverages.

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FGC backs government action of private formula exports
October 1st, 2012

FGC backs government action of private formula exports

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.

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July 9th, 2012

Codex Alimentarius Commission adopts ractopamine maximums

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.

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Keith’s Take: Detail bedevils food industry
June 21st, 2012

Keith’s Take: Detail bedevils food industry

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.

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Tamara’s Thoughts: A food revolution
May 31st, 2012

Tamara’s Thoughts: A food revolution

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.

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April 23rd, 2012

US authorities move on nano-tech foods

Late last week (Friday, April 20) the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidelines on the use of nanotechnology in food.

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