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FSANZ: Review of Standard 1.6.1 - Microbiological Limits for Foods

Listeriosis is a severe illness contracted by eating food or drinks contaminated with high levels of the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, commonly called Listeria. It is found in soil and water and is the cause of a small, but severe, number of cases of illness in New Zealand. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems. People without these risk factors can also be affected, although it is rare. About 90% of cases of ... more

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New funding to support high value food exports

Plant & Food Research has received funding for two new projects in the latest government science investment round. Maintaining the quality of fruits and vegetables during transport is key to growing New Zealand’s horticultural exports, currently worth $3.6 billion. The Remotely Activated Controlled Extended Release (RACER™) Devices project will develop new disposable devices that will enhance the quality of fresh produce for export. The devices, which could be placed ... more

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Recall: Countdown's Homebrand Honey Poppas 425g

Countdown is recalling Homebrand Honey Poppas 425g sold in Countdown, FreshChoice and SuperValue stores nationwide from 14 July 2014 with best before dates of 03 JUL 15 and 04 JUL 15. This product is being recalled as it may contain glass and pose a health risk if consumed. Countdown has not received any complaints or reports of injury associated with this recall. As a precaution consumers should return the product to their nearest Countdown, FreshChoice or SuperValue store for a ... more

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Nutritionist sceptical of a2 milk claims

Prominent Australian nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton says health claims from dairy company a2 Milk are premature while some others are irresponsible. Stanton has criticised research from Curtin University in Perth that found a2's milk could be easier to digest than regular cow milk, which contains a blend of the A2 and A1 beta casein proteins. The New Zealand company - which controls about 9 per cent of the Australian fresh milk market by value - funded the research, which the ... more

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TopBake Preserve: clean label preservative for the baking industry

Mould contamination is considered a serious problem amongst bakers, and conditions commonly found in baking present near-optimal conditions for mould growth. Calcium propionate has been used traditionally in bakery products as a mold inhibitor but has been phased out widely due to consumer concerns. TopBake Preserve is free from calcium propionate, and designed to improve product quality by enhancing the flavor profile and extending product shelf life. It is E-No free, label friendly ... more

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Recall: Freedom Farms brand Breakfast Pork Sausages, Classic Pork Sausages, Bratwurst Pork Sausages and Chorizo Pork Sausages

Premier Beehive NZ are initiating a recall of several products after discovering some may contain pink plastic. Name of Product and Identification: Freedom Farms brand Breakfast Pork Sausages 375g Freedom Farms brand Classic Pork Sausages 450g Freedom Farms brand Bratwurst Pork Sausages 450g Freedom Farms brand Chorizo Pork Sausages 450g Best Before: 17 September 2014 Batch Code: 246245 Package Description & Size: This is a pre-packed product sold in sizes listed ... more

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Food prices up 0.3 percent in August

Food prices rose 0.3 percent in August 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. This rise follows a 0.7 percent fall in July and a 1.4 percent rise in June. "Fresh vegetable prices were higher in August, but grocery food prices were lower, including cheaper bread," prices manager Chris Pike said. Higher vegetable prices (up 8.6 percent) were influenced by price rises for tomatoes, lettuce, and broccoli. Lower fruit prices (down 0.7 percent) were influenced by price falls for ... more

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Wendy’s Supa Sundaes swallowed by Singapore group

Icecream and ice cream cake treat franchise Wendy's has been sold for A$10 million ($11.2 million) to a Singapore company looking to expand the chain into Asia. Global Food Retail Group, a subsidiary of Singapore listed company Global Yellow Pages, acquired the rights for the Wendy's Supa Sundaes brand from Wendy's Supa Sundaes and Innovation Ice Cream. Established in 1979 by Adelaide entrepreneurs Geoff Davis and Phil Rogers, Wendy's now has 34 stores in New Zealand and about 200 in ... more

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Alex Corban - wine industry visionary

Winemaking pioneer Alex Corban, 89, died in Havelock North on Sunday. Alexander Annis Corban, MBE, OBE led the changes that set the platform for the modern New Zealand wine industry. An ambitious and far-sighted leader during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, his work on many fronts was fundamental to the development of a cohesive industry producing high quality table wines for domestic and international markets. He was committed to industry unity, wine education, international networking ... more

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Competition win ‘life-changing’ for Upper Hutt family

A hard-working solo mother of two daughters, one with special needs, says that winning a year’s worth of bread and milk will change her family’s life after a house fire destroyed their home late last year. Upper Hutt resident Sarah Packer entered the Muffin Break Win a Year’s Worth of Bread and Milk competition at Muffin Break Queensgate while out with her mother. Entrants were required to buy a Gourmet Tartlet and Coffee combo at Muffin Break, and share what they ... more

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