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Whiskas winning advertising cat fight

Whiskas has won the first round of a legal cat fight with the maker of Purina pet food, after a High Court judge ruled its local distributor had an arguable defence to accusations its packaging is misleading. Nestle NZ, which sells Purina cat biscuits, brought High Court action claiming Whiskas' packaging has misleading statements in breach of the Fair Trading Act. The case, being defended by Whiskas' owner, Mars NZ, is over claims on Whiskas packets saying the cat biscuits have the ... more

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The free-range egg scam: 2.47m eggs really from caged hens

An egg farmer who admitted duping consumers by passing off 2.47 million eggs from caged hens as free-range has claimed the practice is widespread. But an industry body rejects this, although it concedes it ultimately comes down to the honesty of farmers to provide correct labelling on their products. John Garnett, owner of now-defunct Northland egg producer Forest Hill Farm, was sentenced to 12 months' home detention and 200 hours' community service in the Whangarei District Court ... more

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Mānuka honey guide released

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) released an interim labelling guide today for the mānuka honey industry to clarify what claims can be made and what constitutes mānuka-type honey. “There are a number of companies producing mānuka honey, with different statements and claims. MPI is acting to ensure that mānuka honey products are true to label and not misleading for consumers,” says Regulation and Assurance Deputy Director General Scott Gallacher. ... more

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Call for submissions on GM processing aid application

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application to approve a genetically modified processing aid. FSANZ Acting Chief Executive Officer Dr Marion Healy said the application, from Novozymes Australia, was seeking approval to use a genetically modified enzyme, xylanase, for use in the bread-making industry. "The FSANZ safety assessment concluded there were no public health and safety concerns associated with the use of the enzyme," ... more

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Craft beer industry fears tough draft rules

New Zealand's thriving craft beer industry could face "disastrous consequences" if Auckland Council implements a planned tough local alcohol policy, brewery and bar owners say. The council's alcohol policy will control the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol in the country's most populous the region. The draft policy would restrict the sale of beer with an alcohol volume of more than 6 per cent - a level many craft beers sit above. Bars open until 1am or 2am would not be ... more

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Minister reappoints McKenzie and Walker to the board of FSANZ

Minister for Food Safety Nikki Kaye today announced the reappointment of Andrew McKenzie and Neil Walker to the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) Board. Dr McKenzie has a background in veterinary public health, food safety, food regulation, international and financial management. He has extensive knowledge of the New Zealand food regulation system having led the New Zealand Food Safety Authority from its inception in 2002 until 2010. Mr Walker is a food ... more

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Voluntary agreement has removed sugar from students' diets

Students across the country benefit from world-leading agreement between Government and beverage industry leaders A world-leading agreement between New Zealand Government and beverage industry leaders, Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand (CCANZ) and Frucor Beverages, has seen the removal of an estimated 52.8kgs of sugar from the diet of every kiwi kid since its introduction in 2009. The Voluntary Schools Beverage Agreement (VSA) has seen both companies completely withdraw the direct supply ... more

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Health Star Rating tools now available online

Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye yesterday announced the launch of an online calculator that will enable food businesses to determine their products’ nutritional value under the Health Star Rating food labelling system. Cabinet agreed last week to New Zealand adopting the voluntary system that has been developed as part of the Australian and New Zealand Ministers’ Food Forum. Both countries established advisory groups that deliberated for more than two years to work ... more

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NZ exporters demand crackdown on "The Great Manuka Honey Swindle"

Manuka honey exporters want the Government to clamp down on "cowboys" bringing the $150 million-a-year industry into international disrepute. "The whole thing is stupid - it's the whole New Zealand Inc reputation - the legislation is available," said Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association chief John Rawcliffe last night of a damning report into counterfeit product allegedly crowding British supermarket shelves. "We have to do things correctly and we can really ... more

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Sanitarium signs up for Health Star Ratings

Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing has welcomed the Government’s introduction of a voluntary front-of-pack labelling system. Sanitarium will adopt the new Health Star Rating system across its entire product range, including market-leading products Weet-Bix and Up&Go. “Assisting consumers to make healthier choices is something Sanitarium has always supported and that is why we will adopt the Health Star Rating System” said Pierre van Heerden, General Manager, ... more

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