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Call to label added sugars overlooks science, says industry

Calls for extra sugar labelling to show the amount of ‘added sugars’ in a product rather than just total sugars overlooks the science of food and nutrition, says the NZ Food and Grocery Council. The call was made by Consumer NZ and the Dental Association ahead of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, to be held today in Australia, where ‘added sugar’ labelling is expected to be discussed. Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor will ... more

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Sugar review: re-writing history to expose a non-existent conspiracy

By Katherine Rich, chief executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council, FOOD Navigator, 19-Sep-2016. Last week, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a historical analysis of internal sugar industry documents. In it, academics from the University of California, San Francisco accused the sugar industry of paying three Harvard scientists in the 1960s to downplay any connection between sugar consumption and heart disease by conducting a literature review of ... more

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Right Of Reply: Healthy marketing for sports drinks opposed

Response to NZ Herald article  “'Healthy' marketing for sports drinks opposed” Original article NZ Herald, Wednesday Oct 1, 2014: The opening sentence of the article which says “Proposed changes to food regulations that could see sports drinks marketed as healthy as healthy are being opposed by the Auckland Public Health Service” indicate that both the writer and the submitter ... more

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Right Of Reply: setting the record straight on food

Right of Reply: new service launched, dedicated to getting the facts right on food One of the most frustrating aspects of working in and around the food industry, is having your industry and it’s products regularly mis-represented in the media. In their efforts to cover some of the complex issues, non-technical journalists with limited space and time often leave the public with only part of the story. Foods often suffer in the never-ending search for headlines; ... more

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Wendyl Nissen resorts to Dirty Politics

Wendyl 1;       truth, democracy and journalistic integrity 0. Healthy food campaigner Wendyl Nissen claims to be the victim of a smear campaign funded by the food industry. A self-professed lay-person, Nissen has written her weekly column, "Wendyl Wants to Know", every Saturday for the past few years. She evaluates packaged food products for healthiness and suitability for children by reading the ingredient listings. Nissen is a  newspaper columnist, ... more


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