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Queensland Fruit Fly find means anxious wait for growers

New Zealand’s horticulture industry is collectively holding its breath while it waits to find out if there will be any more Queensland fruit flies found in Northland. The Ministry for Primary Industries this morning announced the detection of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a suburb of Whangarei. “This is an anxious time for all growers and the whole horticulture industry,” HortNZ president Julian Raine says. “We are watching the response ... more

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Don't blow recall out of proportion, says Food & Grocery Council

It’s important that Fonterra’s recall of a batch of cream is not blown out of proportion, says New Zealand Food & Grocery Council CEO Katherine Rich. “We need to ensure that we keep this in perspective. “Food recalls, though always disappointing and disruptive for consumers and for the companies involved, are a fact of life every day all around the world. “Even though New Zealand has one of the best food production systems in the world, our food ... more

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University of Canterbury study: food labelling 'not as effective as it should be'

Nutritional food labels are not as effective as once thought and could be impacting on the health of New Zealanders, University of Canterbury (UC) research has discovered. Consumers react better to labels which provide relatable, transparent information that is easily converted into exercise expenditure or clearly states which products are good and which are bad. The UC marketing study collected a total of 591 online responses. Participants were given an identical survey, only the way ... more

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France's Danone ends Fonterra contract, launches court action

Fonterra will "vigorously defend" court action French food giant Danone is bringing against it in the wake of the botulism scare and says it is confident of its position. Danone announced today it launched legal proceedings against Fonterra and has ended its supply contract with firm. The Paris-based company is initiating proceedings in the High Court at Auckland and arbitration proceedings in Singapore "to bring all facts to light and to obtain compensation for the ... more

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Swinburn: our children 'need urgent obesity prevention support'

New Zealand’s lack of commitment to childhood obesity prevention programmes and policies is clearly failing this generation of children, according to a University of Auckland obesity expert. Figures released by the Ministry of Health show that 10,000 more New Zealand children are classified as overweight or obesity compared to last year. "Our rising rate of overweight and obesity to almost one in three children is shocking compared to Australia’s rate where it appears ... more

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Coca-Cola loses NZ trademark case against Pepsi

Coca-Cola Co has lost its attempt to stop local rival Frucor Beverages from using a similar contour-shaped bottle for the Pepsi range of drinks in New Zealand. In the High Court in Auckland, Justice Edwin Wylie turned down a claim that Frucor breached Coke's registered trademarks by selling Pepsi products in a similar shaped bottle for the past four years, saying the bottles weren't materially similar and that he did "not consider that there is any reasonable likelihood of confusion ... more

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WPC Inquiry: NZís food safety regulatory model 'among the best in the world'

Govt accepts all WPC inquiry recommendations Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today released the report on the first stage of the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination Incident and said the Government accepts in principle all 29 recommendations. “This part of the inquiry focused on our dairy food safety system and we are pleased to confirm it found the whey protein concentrate (WPC) incident in August this ... more

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GM maize study retracted by Elsevier; FGC critical of publishing and peer review process

Scientific publisher Elsevier has announced that it has retracted an article on the controversial study on the effects of GM maize on rats by Gilles Sèralini et al., orginally published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, after a year-long investigation. The paper was called "Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize". In the paper and in the press conference held on its publication, Séralini claimed that the ... more

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Levy success for Summerfruit NZ

Summerfruit NZ has received the grower support it was looking for to continue levy funding for another six years. The final commodity levy vote results show that 94 growers (82.46%) voted yes and 20 growers (17.54%) voted no to renew the levy – which was last renewed in 2008. The value of the industry participating in the vote was $57 million which amounts to approximately 70% of the total industry value. The month long referendum began on 1 November and closed on ... more

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Taiwan drops tariff on cherries

Taiwan has reduced its tariff on cherries from 7.5% to zero with effect from 1 December 2013. The reduced tariff is the result of a comprehensive trade deal between New Zealand and Taiwan announced in July this year. Summerfruit NZ’s chief executive, Marie Dawkins, said the drop in tariff was welcome news for cherry growers intending to export to Taiwan this season. ‘Taiwan is the most important market for New Zealand cherries with nearly 600,000 kgs exported there ... more

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