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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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West: NZ needs to chew over food provider role

New Zealand agribusiness leader Dr Andrew West is calling for a national debate over New Zealand's role as a food provider for humanity. Speaking at the New Zealand Beef+Lamb mid-northern North Island farmer council annual meeting at Lake Karapiro, the Lincoln University vice-chancellor asked if New Zealand should be making more of a contribution given its resources. "Is it our moral obligation to make our contribution to feed the rest of humanity given the amount of resources we ... more

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Fonterra and MFAT partnership to advance dairy in developing countries

Fonterra and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) have agreed to work together to help developing countries build viable dairy industries and increase dairy nutrition knowledge. Under the partnership, called Framework for International Development in Dairy Excellence, Fonterra and MFAT will seek to develop initiatives to enhance food security, knowledge and nutrition in emerging markets with relatively underdeveloped dairy industries, and help build economically viable farm ... more

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Irradiated Australian produce likely to be in stores soon

Irradiated fruit and vegetables from Australia are likely to go on sale here as early as next year. Importers have welcomed the move but growers say the products could be used in fruit drinks without consumers' knowledge. Queensland's Department of Agriculture has applied for permission to irradiate 11 fruits and vegetables - apples, apricots, cherries, honeydew melons, nectarines, peaches, plums, rockmelons, strawberries, grapes and zucchini and scallopini - to protect against the ... more

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Weet-Bix star rating further step to help consumer choices

The release this week of the first product using the Health Star Rating labelling system is a further step in helping consumers make informed food choices, says the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council. “Sanitarium is to be congratulated for being the first company in New Zealand to introduce the Health Star Rating (HSR) labelling system,” says Chief Executive Katherine Rich. “Weet-Bix is one of New Zealand’s most recognised and favourite brands, so it’s ... more

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A major win for organic New Zealand wine in the European Union

New Zealand’s organic wine industry has scored a major export victory with the announcement that the European Commission (EC) has agreed to recognise New Zealand’s organic wine production methods as equivalent to its own. This important result came about after two years of collaboration between Ministry of Primary Industries and New Zealand Winegrowers, who seeing the importance of organic wine in New Zealand’s future began a concerted effort to ensure New Zealand ... more

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