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Engaging staff cuts health and safety incidents, improves productivity

Engaging staff in health and safety had a big impact on manual handling incidents and productivity at Chep NZ, Country Manager Mike O’Brien says in the latest NZ Food & Grocery Council Leaders Series video. “We’ve been on a journey over the past few years and we really identified that we had some challenges with health and safety and particularly incidents in our work environment and so we’ve really worked hard to try and reduce that over time. ... more

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FSANZ - call for submissions on the use of propionates in processed meat

​Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today invited submissions on an application to extend approval for the use of propionates in processed meat. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said FSANZ had assessed the application from Kermin Industries (ASIA) PTE LTD to use propionates to control Listeria monocytogenes. “Propionates are currently approved for use in a range of other food products, including bread, fruit and vegetable spreads and ... more

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FSANZ - call for submissions on irradiation of blueberries and raspberries

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application to permit irradiation of blueberries and raspberries to control pests. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mr Steve McCutcheon said the NSW Department of Primary Industries had applied for permission to use irradiation as an alternative treatment to chemicals. “FSANZ has reviewed the evidence on the safety of these irradiated fruits and found they are safe to eat,” Mr McCutcheon said. ... more

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FSANZ - call for submissions on the addition of water during wine production

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today invited submissions on an application seeking approval to add water during wine production to limit “stuck fermentations”, as is allowed internationally. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said that according to the application from the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia stuck fermentations can occur when there is too much sugar in the grape juice. “The application states that due to climate ... more

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FSANZ- call for submissions on use of L-Cysteine as a food additive

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application to extend the current permission for the use of L-cysteine monohydrochloride as a food additive. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said that Link Trading (Qld) Pty Ltd had submitted the application to seek approval for L-cysteine monohydrochloride to treat peeled and/or cut avocados and bananas to extend the shelf life of the product by limiting enzymatic browning. “L-cysteine ... more

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You're invited to celebrate 25 years of food standards setting

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is hosting a symposium to mark its 25th anniversary of national food standards setting. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mr Steve McCutcheon said everyone is invited to attend the symposium and to hear experts talk about topics such as “whether food safety just happens?”, “food labelling – is the job done?” and “science as evidence – why should we be believed?.” “We have an impressive ... 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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