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McDonalds to use only free range eggs in New Zealand by end of 2016

McDonald's New Zealand will stop using eggs from caged chickens in all its 164 restaurants by the end of next year. McDonald's NZ managing director Patrick Wilson said the move was a significant transition for the company and was endorsed by animal welfare groups the SPCA and SAFE. "We realise there's always room to improve, and by moving away from eggs from caged hens we're doing what our customers have asked us to do." Once McDonald's had fully switched to free range ... more

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Auckland University wants to tax bread, cereal, meat, eggs and milk

A call by Auckland University academics to tax New Zealand families’ staple foods such as bread, milk, eggs and meat is lunacy, says NZ Food and Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich. “Over the past two years, the Universities of Otago and Auckland have called for new food taxes on salt, fizzy, sugar generally, fat and saturated fat. “But what’s new in today’s announcement, and buried in the small print, is a 20% extra tax on the staple ... more

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Call for submissions on amendments to health and nutrition claims standard

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on a proposal to address issues identified since gazettal of the nutrition and health claims standard. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said discrepancies between standards had been identified. “The proposal addresses discrepancies between standards in the Food Standards Code and also ensures sodium claims about food containing more than 1.15% alcohol (e.g. soy sauce) can continue to be ... more

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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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