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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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Wendyl Nissen resorts to Dirty Politics

Wendyl 1;       truth, democracy and journalistic integrity 0. Healthy food campaigner Wendyl Nissen claims to be the victim of a smear campaign funded by the food industry. A self-professed lay-person, Nissen has written her weekly column, "Wendyl Wants to Know", every Saturday for the past few years. She evaluates packaged food products for healthiness and suitability for children by reading the ingredient listings. Nissen is a  newspaper columnist, ... more

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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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