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Changes to Food Bill sensible, timely

The Government's proposed changes to the Food Bill are sensible and timely, says Food & Grocery Council (FGC) Chief Executive Katherine Rich. "As a country so dependent on food production, New Zealand needs a modern food law, and this will achieve that. "It's not before time. The existing piece of legislation is more than 30 years old and has regulations that are nearly 40 years old. A lot has happened in food technology, science, attitudes, and thinking in that time. On ... more

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Craft beer definition discussed at meeting of brewers

Marketing beer by style and craft beer seal of approval labels were among options discussed at an informal forum of beer industry players in Auckland last night. Called by Moa Brewing Company founder Josh Scott, the forum had the objective of defining craft beer. Scott says consumers are being misled by dominant brewing companies such as Lion, DB and Independent Liquor who produce beer they call craft but which isn’t in his eyes. “When I started up there was ... more

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Is bottled water a case of money down the drain?

New Zealanders spent a staggering $60.4 million on bottled water at petrol stations and supermarkets last year but health experts question whether it's any better for us than tap water. Nielsen research showed the value of the water category at supermarkets and petrol stations was $60.4 million last year. That figure does not include dairy sales. The figure was down 5.8 per cent on 2011, but bottled water sales were up 25.7 per cent for the first quarter of this year. Nielsen said this ... more

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NZ infant formula brand 'being put at risk'

New Zealand's infant formula export brand is being put at risk by inexperienced companies cashing in on booming demand from China, says Infant Nutrition Council CEO Jan Carey. 'Recent media reports have highlighted that companies that lack basic supply chain integrity are threatening New Zealand's reputation as a producer of the highest quality infant formula, and the industry and government agencies must work together to guard that reputation,' Mrs Carey says. The Infant Nutrition ... more

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More backing for Global Food Safety Partnership

A Massey University agribusiness Professor says Asian industry backing for a major food safety initiative is good news for New Zealand exporters. The Global Food Safety Partnership, a World Bank initiative that is facilitated by Massey University, has won the support of Food Industry Asia. The initiative is a public-private partnership aimed at increasing food safety capacity. Food Industry Asia executive director Bev Postma says food safety is integral to ensuring that people have ... more

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Food Standards defends stance on new gene technology

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has responded to criticism alleging products relying on a new gene silencing technology are entering the food supply without adequate scrutiny. Earlier this year, a scientific review raised concerns that double-stranded RNA molecules produced in new genetically modified crops could pose a risk to human health. The paper's authors, including Professor Jack Heinemann at University of Canterbury, called on regulators to require experimental ... more

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Mystery as China blocks NZ meat

Tens of millions of dollars is at stake as mystery grows over why tonnes of New Zealand meat is being blocked at China's borders. And the bill could skyrocket if the matter is not resolved very soon. The Government insisted at the weekend that it was "working around the clock" to resolve the problem, but ministers would not comment further yesterday on what had caused the impasse. Officials say the meat crisis is because of an issue with import certification, caused by ... more

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Irradiated tomatoes: HortNZ questions NZ commitment to FSANZ labelling requirements

Horticulture New Zealand wholeheartedly supports the calls for tough labelling requirements for the imminent arrival of Australian irradiated tomatoes. HortNZ is concerned the labelling requirements put in place will not be tough enough to ensure shoppers know what they are buying. “Kiwis deserve to know if the tomatoes and capsicums they are eating are from Australia and irradiated. Irradiation treatment concerns a lot of people,” HortNZ chief executive Peter Silcock says. ... more

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FGC points out mandatory labelling of approved irradiated foods already in place

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council (FGC) has issued the following statement: Recently in the media there are have been calls for the mandatory labelling of irradiated tomatoes, creating the impression that mandatory labelling of approved irradiated foods is not already law in New Zealand. This is not correct. Should New Zealand and Australian Ministers agree to allow the irradiation of tomatoes and capsicums, there is already a mandatory requirement under the Australia New ... more

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Research: reduce rubbish and feed the soil

Research has shown that everyday kitchen scraps and garden waste can be used to increase the production of farmers’ crops and reduce their need for conventional fertilisers. A trial by Plant & Food Research showed that adding compost to different farming scenarios increased the production of arable crops by up to 14% and forage crops by up to 50%. This compost, made from municipal garden and food waste, increases the health of soil, resulting in a better crop yield and reduced ... more

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