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Health star labels help fight obesity

Helping New Zealanders fight obesity by making it easier to shop healthier is the motivation behind a new video on the Health Star Rating system released this week by the NZ Food and Grocery Council. The video is the final in a series, written and presented by dietitian and Registered Nutritionist Nikki Hart, which tackles food subjects people are often confused about: what to eat for breakfast, fad diets, processed foods, and how to use the new Health Star Rating (HSR) system. In ... more

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New food plans make law easier for businesses

The government is proposing changes to improve the written plans that it provides for businesses to manage food safety. A consultation, released today, calls on food businesses to decide if the new version is easier to use. The plans – called template food control plans – are used by businesses like restaurants, cafes and delis to comply with the Food Act. Sally Johnston, Manager Food and Beverage at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says “since the law ... more

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FSANZ: Call for submissions on new enzyme processing aid

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)  yesterday called for submissions on an application to permit the use of an enzyme (endo β(1,4) xylanase) as a processing aid. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the applicant was seeking to use the processing aid to manufacture some cereal products. “FSANZ has undertaken a risk assessment and concluded there are no public health and safety concerns relating to this enzyme,” Mr McCutcheon ... more

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FSANZ: Call for submissions on application for a new sweetener

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on an application which seeks to permit the use of an alternative (lower calorie) sweetener and bulk filler. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said Essence Group Pty Ltd had applied for Isomalto-oligosaccharide (IMO) to be permitted for use as a novel food. “FSANZ’s safety assessment concluded that for its intended use, IMO was safe for the general population,” Mr McCutcheon said. ... more

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Call for submissions on application to increase levels of plant sterols in breakfast cereals

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application to permit increased levels of plant sterols in breakfast cereals. FSANZ’s Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the applicant, Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing, is seeking to allow increased concentrations of plant sterols, typically known as phytosterols, in portion controlled breakfast cereals. “Plant sterols occur naturally in certain plants and are currently ... more

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FSANZ: Call for submissions on proposed changes to cost recovery arrangements

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a consultation paper on proposed changes to its cost recovery arrangements. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said thorough reviews of the Agency’s cost recovery arrangements have found that present charges do not reflect the real cost of services that attract a fee. “The proposed changes to our cost recovery methodology align with government policy and ensure that the Agency meets its statutory ... more

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Food giants sign Healthy Kids Pledge

New Zealand food companies Fonterra and Nestle are the first fast moving consumer goods companies to sign up to the Ministry of Health’s Healthy Kids Pledge, which was published this week. New Zealand Food and Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich says the industry commends the companies for their leadership and their longstanding commitment to producing and promoting good nutrition. “While Fonterra and Nestle have led the way, I have no doubt that many other New ... more

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Industry, media ‘must ensure consumers get food facts’

The food industry and the media have a responsibility to ensure consumers are receiving information about food based on fact, not fads and hearsay, say two public relations practitioners. Jane Dodd and Adelle Keely say in an FGC Leaders Series video interview that there is so much information available that it’s hard for consumers to decide what’s right. “There’s fads here and there, and one minute fat is the enemy, then sugar is the enemy, and what am I to do ... more

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Consumer NZ’s Bad Taste Food Awards ’winners’ announced

Consumer NZ has announced the “winners” of its inaugural Bad Taste Food Awards. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said the awards were launched to call out food marketers’ claims that represent products as being healthier choices than they really are. Ms Chetwin said the awards received more than 200 nominations from consumers. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain was a standout among this year’s winners, receiving the most nominations (63). “What ... more

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Floating new ideas for cleaner waterways

Latest technology adopted by Fonterra and the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) partnership Living Water, is proving a success in cleaning up water ways. Developed by Massey University, the floating treatment wetlands consist of native wetland plants, tethered to buoyant mats or ‘rafts’ that sit on the water surface. Capable of removing large amounts of nutrients, the rafts filter water in drains and runoff before it hits our waterways. Living Water ... more

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