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Call for submissions on new steviol glycoside

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on whether to permit a steviol glycoside, rebaudioside M (Reb M), as a new intense sweetener. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said FSANZ had assessed an Application to allow Reb M to be added to the same food categories and at the same maximum levels as the currently permitted steviol glycosides. “Reb M is similar in chemical structure and sweetness intensity to other permitted steviol ... more

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Concerns over changes to dumping law

Heinz Wattie and Hawkes Bay fruitgrowers have lined up against what they say would be a relaxation of New Zealand's anti-dumping regime if Government proposals go ahead. A Government discussion paper, the consultation period for which ended last Friday, proposed an automatic termination period (ATP) for its anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Under the proposal, a public interest test would allow competition and consumer welfare elements to be considered before an anti-dumping or ... more

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Research shows most New Zealanders want irradiated produce to be clearly labelled

Most New Zealanders want irradiated produce sold in shops and food outlets to be clearly labelled, a major consumer survey has found. The study of 1000 people, commissioned by Tomatoes New Zealand, found that 85% of participants want irradiated fruit and vegetables, as well as food made with irradiated produce, to be clearly identified. Tomatoes NZ chair Alasdair MacLeod, said: “With seasonal stocks of irradiated tomatoes soon arriving in New Zealand, it’s timely to remind ... more

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Government decision made on raw milk

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced the Government’s decision to introduce a new policy around the sale of raw milk to consumers. “Raw milk is a high risk food, particularly for children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems,” says Mrs Goodhew. “After extensive consultation and review, the Government decision will allow farmers to continue to sell raw milk directly to the public from the farm and via home ... more

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FSANZ: Call for submissions on plans for future work

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions to help develop the organisation’s three-year forward plan known as the ‘Work Plan’. “The Work Plan ensures stakeholders have an opportunity to keep up to date on all the applications and proposals FSANZ is working on,” FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said. “The plan is reviewed by FSANZ on a quarterly basis and also updated regularly on the website to ... more

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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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