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FSANZ: Comments sought on simplification of the nutrition information panel

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking comment on a recommendation to change the way that nutrition information is provided on food labels. Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said FSANZ had been asked by ministers responsible for food regulation to assess and provide advice on a recommendation made by an independent labelling review that the current requirement be simplified. “The review recommended that the declaration in the nutrition ... more

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Final botulism scare report delivered

The Primary Industries and Food Safety ministers have received the final report from the Government's inquiry into the Fonterra dairy contamination incident, which triggered a botulism false alarm last year, but it will be several weeks before the findings are made public. Ministers will consider the report and its recommendations and will then release it, along with the Government's response. The Government launched its own inquiry after Fonterra recalled dairy products containing ... more

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FGC commends DBs rollout of HPA alcohol moderation campaign

DB Breweries’ rollout of the Health Promotion Agency’s latest alcohol moderation campaign is to be commended, says the NZ Food & Grocery Council. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says the HPA campaign is very clever and engaging. “It’s very clever because it helps normalise the drinking of water alongside alcohol by having ‘Not Beersies’, or water, taps in key bars alongside normal beer taps, so giving consumers an easy option. ... more

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Coeliac NZ calls for gluten free beer to remain on menu at Christmas

Coeliac NZ calls public to contribute to FSANZ new gluten free beer labelling proposal This could be the last Christmas that New Zealanders living with coeliac disease can consume beer and other alcoholic drinks safely if they don’t take action. According to Coeliac New Zealand (CNZ) the public need to make submissions to support FSANZ new proposal - to keep the gluten free label on alcoholic drinks - by 23 December 2014 to ensure the information remains on packages. Coeliac ... more

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FGC response to Commerce Commission report

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework. We stand by our statements, based on information received from members earlier this year, that Countdown did ask some suppliers for payments related to trading in previous periods. It’s important to emphasise that while the Commission has concluded there were no technical breaches of any law, that doesn’t mean ... more

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Countdown cleared of anti-competitive behaviour

The Commerce Commission has cleared supermarket group Countdown of anti-competitive behaviour. In February, former MP Shane Jones claimed in Parliament Countdown was using "Mafioso" tactics, accusing it of using blackmail and extortion against Kiwi suppliers. After days of Jones making allegations about the Australian-owned company in Parliament, Commerce Minister Craig Foss suggested an investigation into the entire "supermarket sector of New Zealand". But ... more

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Zespri welcomes Free Trade Agreement with South Korea

Zespri welcomes the announcement of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) deal with South Korea and the significant outcome that has been achieved for the kiwifruit industry. Over the past year, Zespri growers have paid approximately $20 million in tariffs into this important market. “It is hugely satisfying that the industry can focus on building sales in the South Korean market, which will benefit both New Zealand and South Korean growers, as well as South Korean ... more

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FSANZ: Call for submissions on managing chemical migration from packaging into food

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today released a consultation paper seeking further information on the management of the migration of chemicals from packaging into food. “Food packaging has many benefits - it allows food to be transported, prevents microbial contamination and increases shelf life providing convenience for consumers,” FSANZ Chief Executive Officer, Steve McCutcheon, said. “That said, FSANZ would like to learn more about how the migration of ... more

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FSANZ: Call for submissions on a Proposal to continue gluten free claims on alcohol

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on a Proposal aimed at ensuring gluten free claims can continue to be made on alcohol products. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said gluten free claims on alcohol can currently be made but will no longer be permitted when a nutrition and health claims standard becomes mandatory in January 2016. “FSANZ developed this Proposal in response to concerns raised by manufacturers of gluten free ... more

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FSANZ: Information sought on proposed extended transition period for dietary fibre claim requirements

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today released a consultation paper on an Application seeking to delay the start date of new requirements for nutrition content claims about dietary fibre. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) had lodged an application seeking to extend the transition date for the requirements by one year to January 2017. “The requirements are part of a health claims standard which ... more

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