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MPI announces new Food Safety Guidance

The Ministry for Primary Industries today announced food safety guidance which will cover up to 16,000 food businesses across New Zealand. This means that all types of food businesses in New Zealand now have easy-to-follow guidance for keeping food safe. Different types of businesses have different guidance depending on the food safety risk of the food they handle. The new national programme guidance covers businesses with medium to low risk food safety issues. Because of the lower ... more

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Fonterra ordered to pay Danone $183m over infant formula scare

Fonterra Cooperative Group has been ordered to pay 105 million euros ($183 million) in damages to Danone over "food safety failures" in 2013, following arbitration in Singapore. In a statement, Danone said it "welcomes this arbitration decision as a guarantee that the lessons from the crisis will not be forgotten." The French food giant sued Fonterra, seeking damages of up to 630 million euros, over the whey protein concentrate contamination in 2013. Fonterra ... more

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Fonterra requests trading halt with Danone decision due

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (for itself and on behalf of Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund) has requested an immediate trading halt to be applied to their respective securities on: 1. the ASX; 2. NZX Main Board/Debt Market; and 3. the Fonterra Shareholders Market. This request has been made to give Fonterra time to consider the outcome of its arbitration with Danone regarding Fonterra’s 2013 whey protein concentrate precautionary recall. Fonterra ... more

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Consumer NZís Bad Taste Food Awards winners announced

Consumer NZ has announced this year’s recipients of the Bad Taste Food Awards. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said the awards were launched to highlight food companies marketing their products as healthier choices than they really are. Ms Chetwin said many of the products nominated for this year’s awards were full of sugar, yet carried claims designed to make them appeal to health-conscious consumers, such as “no artificial sweeteners”, ... more

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Food labels have minor impact

Nutrition labels showcasing healthy foods have no significant impact on New Zealanders' food choices, according to latest research. "Their effect is pretty small and limited to shoppers already interested in healthy eating," says leading nutrition expert, Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu of the University of Auckland. However, labels affect industry behaviour, with most labelled products reformulated to make them healthier (e.g. less salt, more fibre) as a result of adoption. ... more

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Commercial fishers agree to extend Hawke's Bay area closure

The commercial fishing industry will again support the closure of 237 square kilometres of ocean off Hawke's Bay this summer. The voluntary measure, agreed between Napier Fishermen’s Association and LegaSea Hawke's Bay is supported by Fisheries Inshore New Zealand (FINZ) and the Ministry for Primary Industries. The area, known as Springs Box, is due east of Napier Port and to the north of Cape Kidnappers. It was originally closed to commercial fishing for the summers of ... more

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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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Climate model gets the measure of myrtle rust

Myrtle rust never sleeps and, for a while it seems, neither did Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Rob Beresford, who spent the month of June poring through research articles, crunching data and creating mathematical formula to better gauge what the disease may mean for New Zealand. The end result of the sleep deprived month was the Myrtle Rust Risk Model, specifically designed to understand and predict how myrtle rust will behave under New Zealand conditions. The model is already ... more

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Public perception of fisheries management at odds with international reputation - TNC

New Zealand fisheries’ Quota Management System (QMS) is being presented as an international example by a prominent US-based conservation group. The long established The Nature Conservancy (TNC), one of the world’s largest conservation organisations and a leader in coastal and marine management, last night released an extensive report on the QMS aimed at enhancing the development of fishery management programmes internationally. Seafood New Zealand chief executive Tim ... more

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Fonterra launches plan to improve waterways

Co-operative announces ambitious water commitments; invites Kiwis to visit farms and see what’s being done to promote healthy rivers. Fonterra today launched an ambitious plan to help improve the quality of New Zealand’s waterways. Based around six strategic commitments, the plan will underpin Fonterra’s efforts to promote healthy streams and rivers, including a strong focus on sustainable farming and manufacturing. In parallel, the Co-operative’s ... more

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