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Taiwan drops tariff on cherries

Taiwan has reduced its tariff on cherries from 7.5% to zero with effect from 1 December 2013. The reduced tariff is the result of a comprehensive trade deal between New Zealand and Taiwan announced in July this year. Summerfruit NZ’s chief executive, Marie Dawkins, said the drop in tariff was welcome news for cherry growers intending to export to Taiwan this season. ‘Taiwan is the most important market for New Zealand cherries with nearly 600,000 kgs exported there ... more

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Fonterra welcomes NZ-Sri Lanka Dairy Cooperation Arrangement

Fonterra today welcomed a new Dairy Cooperation Arrangement between the New Zealand Government and Sri Lankan Government signed by Sri Lankan Minister for External Affairs Gamini Lakshman Peiris and New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs Murray McCully on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo yesterday. Fonterra Director and farmer-shareholder John Monaghan, who was in Colombo representing Fonterra at the Commonwealth Business Forum earlier this ... more

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HortNZ: DoCís advice to Nelson highlights poor regional biosecurity

Horticulture New Zealand believes this country’s ability to control regional biosecurity risk is woeful and there are few signs of any willingness to improve. “We have no real appreciation of the importance of controlling the movement of pest and disease between different parts of the country,” HortNZ chief executive Peter Silcock says. “This is an area of biosecurity we could do a much better job on, instead of leaving it up to chance and ... more

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One voice vital for infant formula industry

 New Zealand's infant formula industry must speak with one voice if it is to achieve best practice and regain the faith of export markets, Infant Nutrition Council (INC) Chief Executive Jan Carey said in Dunedin today. Ms Carey was speaking at the Global Food Safety Forum meeting which was being held in New Zealand for the first time. She said achieving best practice in the industry depended on a number of vital ingredients. "Having a strong and professional ... more

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FSANZ calls for submissions on criteria for Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on a Proposal to review limits for Listeria monocytogenes in the Food Standards Code. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said Proposal P1017 was seeking to establish criteria that are based on whether growth of L. monocytogenes can occur in ready-to-eat foods. “This approach is consistent with L. monocytogenes management internationally,” Mr McCutcheon said. ... more

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FSANZ calls for submissions on GM soybean application

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has invited submissions on an application to change the Food Standards Code to allow food derived from a genetically modified soybean line. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the application, from Dow AgroSciences Australia Limited, sought approval for food derived from soybean genetically modified to protect against several pests. "This soybean line contains two insecticidal proteins to protect it against ... more

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Summerfruit NZ looking for a good voting turnout

Summerfruit NZ is seeking grower support to continue levy funding for another six years. The Summerfruit Commodity Levy Order must be renewed every six years and was last renewed in 2008. The ballot will be held in November this year in order for the Minister to approve a new levy in time for the 2014-15 season. Voting begins on 1 November and closes on 29 November, and this time voters have the option of fax, postal or online voting. Chief executive Marie Dawkins said online ... more

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New Zealand wine industry participates in national sustainability project

The wine industry is the first to trial a new national environmental, economic and social performance Dashboard system. Led by The Agribusiness Group Ltd and funded by government and industries, the $11 million New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard project will provide a sustainability assessment and reporting tool for the primary industry sectors. The Dashboard project will deliver tools that provide farmers and growers with crucial information on the environmental, economic ... more

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Call for submissions on proposal to amend minimum age labelling on infant foods

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on a proposal to amend minimum age labelling requirements for infant foods from “four months” to “around six months”. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the proposed change would align the Food Standards Code with National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and New Zealand infant feeding guidelines. “A shortened form of the current warning statement ... more

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FGC: reputable grocery stores not involved in sulphite findings

Fresh meat sold by the mainstream grocery sector is not involved in positive tests for added sulphites, as indicated in a news report, says Food & Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich. Last night, TV One ran a lead news item that "food safety experts are testing fresh meat sold in supermarkets and butcheries for a banned food preservative" in contravention of the requirements of the Australia/New Zealand Food Code. Mrs Rich says this statement created a ... more

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