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Government to tackle childhood obesity

More than 4000 obese 4-year-olds a year are expected to be referred to experts in healthy eating and physical activity under a new Government plan to tackle obesity. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman yesterday announced the plan, which will make childhood obesity one of his Health Targets. The Health Targets, although controversial, have succeeded in making the health sector do what health ministers want, such as helping more smokers to quit and reducing delays in emergency ... more

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FGC welcomes Government’s obesity package

The NZ Food and Grocery Council welcomes the Government’s package of initiatives to tackle obesity in children. “This is a pragmatic approach to a concerning problem,” says Chief Executive Katherine Rich. “We all know that childhood obesity is a complex issue and that we must all help to solve it. Everyone must do their bit – families, individuals, industry, government, and public health officials – and this package recognises that. ... more

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Fake manuka honey test unveiled

The UMF Honey Association says it has found the solution to fake manuka honey products, developing a portable device which tests for the nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium, the native manuka bush. The manuka honey industry group, working with Analytica Laboratories and Comvita, presented the primary production select committee with a portable fluorescent test which can easily indicate whether a product is genuine manuka honey, and research defining the premium honey. Analytica executive ... more

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Horticulture New Zealand welcomes new border levy

A border clearance levy for all visitors arriving in New Zealand has been welcomed by Horticulture New Zealand. The levy, to help pay for increased biosecurity checks at the border, was announced by the Government today. “The horticulture industry commends the Government for taking this courageous step to introduce the levy, and set fees to provide sustainable funding for border services,” HortNZ president Julian Raine says. “Passengers need to take ... more

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Call for submissions on microbiological criteria for infant formula

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on food safety microbiological criteria for infant formula. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said FSANZ had reviewed the microbiological limits in Standard 1.6.1 for powdered infant formula and the associated Schedule of the revised Food Standards Code. “The limits in the Code were set before 2000 and have not been reviewed since then,” Mr McCutcheon said. “Proposal P1039 ... more

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Minister welcomes Health Star Ratings on drinks

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew welcomes the decision by New Zealand Beverage Council (NZBC) to adopt the Health Star Ratings (HSR) on nearly all non-alcoholic beverages. The NZBC, which produces 95 per cent of all juice and non-alcoholic beverages in New Zealand, has unanimously agreed to phase in the rating system. “The HSR is a great way to help consumers make healthier choices quickly and easily when comparing similar packaged foods by taking the guesswork out of reading ... more

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TPP will improve NZ access to 800 million customers

The largest regional trade agreement in history, covering almost 40 percent of the global economy, was finalised in the early hours of the morning in Atlanta.  Trade Minister Tim Groser said the deal fell short of a gold standard for dairy but New Zealand was still better off. Tariffs would be eliminated or quotas expanded in all TPP countries, but would vary from one dairy product line to another. "Of course I would have wanted a better dairy deal than this, but at the ... more

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Wine industry welcomes Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

New Zealand Winegrowers has warmly welcomed the news that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have reached a final agreement. ‘This is an excellent outcome for the New Zealand wine industry’ commented Philip Gregan, New Zealand Winegrowers CEO. ‘Finalising the TPP is strategically very important for our export future as the TPP countries already account for over 60% of New Zealand wine exports’. ‘While we have not seen the detail of the ... more

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Fonterra disappointed with TPP but appreciative of negotiation efforts

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited Chairman John Wilson said the conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in Atlanta, USA, today was a small but significant step forward for the dairy sector. “TPP has been an enormous undertaking,” said Mr Wilson, returning from Atlanta. “While the dairy outcome is far from perfect, we appreciate the significant effort made by Minister Groser and his negotiators to get some gains in market access for our farmers. ... more

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Good TPP result gives horticulture room to grow

The overnight signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal ushers in a new era of trade for New Zealand’s horticulture industry. “We want to congratulate the government, particularly Minister Groser, for their determination and patience in seeing this deal through. “This is a goal that has looked at times to be almost impossible to score, and they’ve finally done it,” Horticulture New Zealand president Julian Raine says. The most ... more

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