The New Zealand food and grocery industry honoured two of its stalwarts at the weekend.
The contamination of infant formula by Fonterra supplied whey protein concentrate has been identified as being of no risk to human health. In spite of early analysis showing that the contaminant was clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism, new research has given the product a clear health message.
Newly appointed Minister for Food Safety, Nikki Kaye has drawn a positive response from various interest groups over the changes she has proposed to the previously contentious Food Bill to advance its progress through Parliament.
The Government’s proposed changes to the Food Bill are sensible and timely, says Food & Grocery Chief Executive Katherine Rich.
The NZ Food & Grocery Council commends Fonterra, Sanitarium, and the Government for the extension of the highly successful KickStart breakfast programme for schools, CEO Katherine Rich said today (May 29).
Fonterra and Sanitarium have agreed to match the Government’s NZ$9.5 million support for their KickStart breakfast programme for low decile schools. The extension was announced yesterday morning (May 28) by Prime Minister John Key in a response to widespread public support for more assistance for children affected by poverty.
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.
The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council applauds George Weston Foods for the launch of the ‘Nourish Our Kids’ programme for low decile schools, says Chief Executive Katherine Rich.
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.
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.
The Food & Grocery Council (FGC) is welcoming a significant drop in the concentration of acrylamide in potato crisps, and says it will continue to work with industry to find ways of lowering its levels in other foods, CEO Katherine Rich says.
The decision of Californian state authorities to change food safety regulations to focus on consumer information is likely to change the food safety environment completely. If other public health authorities follow California’s lead, decisions on food additives will be decided by consumers, not food producers.