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Auckland University wants to tax bread, cereal, meat, eggs and milk

A call by Auckland University academics to tax New Zealand families’ staple foods such as bread, milk, eggs and meat is lunacy, says NZ Food and Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich. “Over the past two years, the Universities of Otago and Auckland have called for new food taxes on salt, fizzy, sugar generally, fat and saturated fat. “But what’s new in today’s announcement, and buried in the small print, is a 20% extra tax on the staple ... more

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Call for submissions on amendments to health and nutrition claims standard

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on a proposal to address issues identified since gazettal of the nutrition and health claims standard. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said discrepancies between standards had been identified. “The proposal addresses discrepancies between standards in the Food Standards Code and also ensures sodium claims about food containing more than 1.15% alcohol (e.g. soy sauce) can continue to be ... more

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Call for submissions on new steviol glycoside

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on whether to permit a steviol glycoside, rebaudioside M (Reb M), as a new intense sweetener. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said FSANZ had assessed an Application to allow Reb M to be added to the same food categories and at the same maximum levels as the currently permitted steviol glycosides. “Reb M is similar in chemical structure and sweetness intensity to other permitted steviol ... more

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Concerns over changes to dumping law

Heinz Wattie and Hawkes Bay fruitgrowers have lined up against what they say would be a relaxation of New Zealand's anti-dumping regime if Government proposals go ahead. A Government discussion paper, the consultation period for which ended last Friday, proposed an automatic termination period (ATP) for its anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Under the proposal, a public interest test would allow competition and consumer welfare elements to be considered before an anti-dumping or ... 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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