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Fonterra disappointed with TPP but appreciative of negotiation efforts

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited Chairman John Wilson said the conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in Atlanta, USA, today was a small but significant step forward for the dairy sector. “TPP has been an enormous undertaking,” said Mr Wilson, returning from Atlanta. “While the dairy outcome is far from perfect, we appreciate the significant effort made by Minister Groser and his negotiators to get some gains in market access for our farmers. ... more

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Good TPP result gives horticulture room to grow

The overnight signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal ushers in a new era of trade for New Zealand’s horticulture industry. “We want to congratulate the government, particularly Minister Groser, for their determination and patience in seeing this deal through. “This is a goal that has looked at times to be almost impossible to score, and they’ve finally done it,” Horticulture New Zealand president Julian Raine says. The most ... more

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Win for kiwifruit industry in TPP Agreement

Zespri welcomes the conclusion of negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement which will generate significant value for the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. The TPP will eliminate tariffs on kiwifruit exports into all 12 Asia-Pacific nations when it comes into force and Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager explains the most immediate impact will be in Japan. In 2014, the industry paid over $15 million in tariffs into Japan which is Zespri’s largest country ... more

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Moughan: science and innovation needed for food crisis

A Massey University food science specialist is urging the government to think strategically about its research and development funding. Distinguished Professor Paul Moughan, who recently returned from being part of an international think tank on world food security, led discussions around global food demand amid world population growth at the New New Zealand Forum in Auckland this week. He said science and technology are crucial in meeting the 70 per cent increase in food demanded ... more

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Food businesses asked to ‘have their say’ in new food safety rules

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is calling for input from food businesses and providers into new food safety rules. A consultation on Notices under the new Food Act 2014 has been released today. Notices give further detail about how the new Act will work on a practical level, says MPI’s Manager Food and Beverage Sally Johnston. “The new Food Act 2014 comes into force in March next year and we consulted on the regulations earlier this year. This consultation is ... more

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Online tool helps food businesses understand new regulations

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew launched an online tool today that will help food businesses discover how they will be affected by the new Food Act 2014, which comes into force in March next year. “Under the new Food Act there will be different rules for different businesses, depending on what they make or sell, and to who,” says Mrs Goodhew. “We’ve created this online tool so that anyone providing or selling food can easily find out how the new food safety ... more

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Call for submissions on GM corn line

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an Application to permit a corn line that is genetically modified to have a higher yield. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the GM corn line had been modified to have larger kernels at an early reproductive stage, which leads to increased yield at harvest. “FSANZ conducted a thorough safety assessment on the application, which included comparing the GM corn with a non-GM corn from a ... more

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Call for submissions on increased limit for sweetener in chewing gum

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on increasing the maximum permitted level for the sweetener Acesulphame potassium in chewing gum. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the application sought to increase the limit for the sweetener from 2000 mg/kg to 5000 mg/kg. “The increased limit would align the Food Standards Code with regulations in several other countries including Canada and Japan,” Mr McCutcheon said. ... more

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NZ Beverage Council: Don't shift the blame for bad teeth

Reports in today's media have highlighted the incidence of young children with rotten teeth. Children as young as 18 months old are having multiple rotten teeth pulled out as parents feed toddlers soft drinks through sipper bottles, and chocolate biscuits and Milo as bedtime treats. The article, "Sugary drinks and junk food blamed as kids have rotten baby teeth pulled out" quotes Dr Rob Beaglehole, principal dental officer for Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, who is ... more

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McDonalds to use only free range eggs in New Zealand by end of 2016

McDonald's New Zealand will stop using eggs from caged chickens in all its 164 restaurants by the end of next year. McDonald's NZ managing director Patrick Wilson said the move was a significant transition for the company and was endorsed by animal welfare groups the SPCA and SAFE. "We realise there's always room to improve, and by moving away from eggs from caged hens we're doing what our customers have asked us to do." Once McDonald's had fully switched to free range ... more

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