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FSANZ: Review of Standard 1.6.1 - Microbiological Limits for Foods

Listeriosis is a severe illness contracted by eating food or drinks contaminated with high levels of the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, commonly called Listeria. It is found in soil and water and is the cause of a small, but severe, number of cases of illness in New Zealand. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems. People without these risk factors can also be affected, although it is rare. About 90% of cases of ... more

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Health agency won't probe Rich

Former National Party MP Katherine Rich will not be investigated by the Health Promotion Agency after she was accused of undermining its work. Ms Rich is chief executive of the Food and Grocery Council, which represents the food industry, and was appointed by the Government to the board of the Health Promotion Agency. Thirty-three senior health researchers signed a letter to Prime Minister John Key in response, asking for an inquiry into Ms Rich's position with the agency. One ... more

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Independent inquiry welcomes Fonterra progress

The Independent Inquiry Committee which reviewed the circumstances giving rise to the precautionary recall of whey protein concentrate (WPC80) last year has welcomed Fonterra’s progress on implementing recommended improvements. The Committee completed a nine-month checkpoint on Fonterra’s progress which itself was one of the Committee’s recommendations. Committee Chair Sir Ralph Norris said the Co-operative’s leadership had taken responsible measures to ... more

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Pams and Budget to adopt Health Star Rating on all packaging

Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today welcomed yestreday's announcement by Foodstuffs that it will adopt the Health Star Ratings on its Pams and Budget product packaging. “Having the support of one of the biggest food retailers in the country is a good sign of industry confidence in this new food labelling system,” Ms Kaye says. “Foodstuffs has more than 650 wholesale and retail stores in the country, and its Pams brand is the single largest grocery brand in New ... more

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Formula firm back on track

Auckland infant formula maker New Image says it is "getting back into production" for the Chinese market now it has finally received clearance to export its products after a major regulatory overhaul in the world's second-biggest economy. New Zealand's burgeoning baby formula manufacturing industry was thrown into disarray on May 1 when the new regulations, aimed at bolstering consumer confidence in China, came into force. New Image was not approved in the first round of ... more

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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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