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FSANZ: Call for submissions on proposed changes to health and nutrition claims standard

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on proposed changes to the nutrition and health claims standard. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the proposal would provide exemptions from claim requirements in the Food Standards Code for trademarked elements of the Health Star Rating system. “The trademarked energy and nutrient icons in the Health Star Rating system essentially duplicate what’s required in a nutrition ... more

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Finally visitors will pay to help protect our environment

Horticulture New Zealand is delighted visitors to New Zealand will finally have to pay a share of the costs associated with protecting our nation’s borders. “The border clearance levy introduced in today’s Budget sends a signal to everyone coming here that we don’t take biosecurity lightly,” HortNZ president Julian Raine says. “This announcement backs up what New Zealand’s commercial fruit and vegetable growers have been saying for a ... more

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Office of the Auditor General says it will not investigate conflict of interest claims against Katherine Rich any further

This afternoon the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) advised Dr Lee Mathias, the chair of the Health Promotion Agency (HPA), that claims of a conflict of interest against former National MP Katherine Rich will not be investigated any further. The Green Party had asked the Auditor-General to investigate what it called "serious conflicts of interest'' over Mrs Rich's roles as chief executive of the Food and Grocery Council (FGC), and member of the board of the Health Promotion Agency ... more

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Kellogg’s announces commitment to Health Star Ratings

Ratings to appear on packs from early June – full cereal range by end of 2015 Kellogg’s has announced its commitment today to implement the voluntary Health Star Ratings on all of its cereals across Australia and New Zealand from the beginning of June 2015. More than two thirds of Kellogg’s cereals, or 25 products in the range, have a rating of between 4 and 5 health stars, with the total range spanning 1.5 to 5 stars. From today, consumers can easily ... more

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Burger King takes toys off the menu

· Only major burger restaurant chain in New Zealand to remove toys from its children’s meals Burger King has announced its plans to stop selling toys as part of its kids meal options in New Zealand and stop the television advertising of its kids meals. The change will see toys dropped from kids meals across all 82 of its restaurants - a first for any major burger restaurant chain in New Zealand. John Hunter, CEO of Burger King New Zealand, says, “We no ... more

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Call for submissions on proposed extended transition period for dietary fibre claim requirements

​Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions 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 FSANZ had assessed an application from the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) seeking to extend the transition date for the requirements by one year to January 2017. “The requirements are part of a health claims standard ... more

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Maori growers back record result in kiwifruit industry vote

Kiwifruit grower and post-harvest entity Te Awanui Huka Pak has congratulated growers for turning out in record numbers for the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project (KISP) grower referendum. “Maori are a key driving force in the kiwifruit industry, and the KISP process was about ensuring that this industry creates wealth for Maori both now and for future generations” says Te Awanui Huka Pak Chair Neil Te Kani. “With a record voter turnout and over 90% support ... more

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Zespri welcomes high turnout and support for positive change in grower referendum

Kiwifruit growers have made a strong statement about the direction they want for their industry in the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project (KSIP) referendum. There is a clear mandate for change with interim results from the referendum showing two-thirds of growers, representing 80 percent of production, voting so far, says Zespri chairman Peter McBride. “Over 90 percent of growers have clearly stated their desire for change in three areas which affect Zespri – ownership of ... more

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NZ kiwifruit growers united In support for industry change

Following a record voter turn-out, interim results show more than 90 percent of New Zealand kiwifruit growers have supported the outcomes of the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project (KISP) to lock-in long-term grower ownership and control of their industry. KISP’s Independent Chairman, Neil Richardson, said the voter turn-out and interim results were outstanding. They are a clear sign New Zealand kiwifruit growers are united in their vision for the future of their industry, he ... more

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Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project on track for record turnout

On the final day of voting, grower turnout for the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project (KISP) referendum has surpassed all expectations and is on track to be the largest voter turnout in the horticulture sector for almost two decades. KISP Independent Chairman Neil Richardson notes, “Our initial expectations were based around the average turnout for similar referendums across different sectors being 40%, and the NZKGI Levy vote in 2011 reaching 43% of grower turnout.” ... more

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