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O’Connor announces split of MPI functions

Minister for Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor announced today that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will reorganise its functions to create a stronger focus on core responsibilities. Mr O’Connor says government will set up four portfolio-based entities, Fisheries New Zealand, Forestry New Zealand, Biosecurity New Zealand and New Zealand Food Safety. “Our priority is to achieve greater clarity and unity of purpose ... more

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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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Recall: Hellers brand Breakfast Angus Beef sausages

Hellers Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Hellers brand Breakfast Angus Beef sausages due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (gluten). Product type Sausages Name of product (size) Hellers brand Breakfast Angus Beef sausages (10 pack) Date marking Used By: 22/09/17 Package size and description The product is sold in a plastic tray containing 10 sausages Distribution The product is sold in Pak’nSave, New World and Four Square supermarkets throughout ... more

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Oritain Global expands into Australian market

Following a boom in demand for its forensic verification and traceability services, Oritain Global Ltd is expanding once again, this time into the Australian market. Oritain is a global leader in using forensic science to determine food, fibre and pharmaceutical provenance. Its unique services protect the reputation of its customers by identifying and mitigating well-known risks in the supply chain. The company already has some significant Australian customers on its books, including ... more

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Recall: Go 2 Raw Milk brand raw (unpasteurised) drinking milk

Go Farming Ltd is recalling specific batches of their Go 2 Raw Milk brand raw (unpasteurised) drinking milk as the product may contain Listeria monocytogenes. Product type Raw (unpasteurised) drinking milk Name of product (size) Go 2 Raw Milk brand Raw (unpasteurised) drinking milk (1L) Batch marking Batch 32, 33, and 34 Date marking Use by: 18 August 2017, 20 August 2017, and 21 August 2017 Package size and description Sold in 1L glass bottle ... more

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The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed as a guarantee of safety of EU pork, beef and their products

The quality of beef, pork and their products, including the level of their contamination with pathogens has a significant impact on the health of consumers. In order to eliminate the risks associated with the consumption of potentially hazardous food, the European Union has introduced the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). This system plays a key role in ensuring the free movement of safe and healthy food in Europe. Ensuring food safety requires taking action in a coordinated ... more

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Recall: Woolworths Select brand Toasted Muesli (fruit & seeds)

Progressive Enterprises Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Woolworths Select brand Toasted Muesli (fruit & seeds) due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (milk). Product identification: Woolworths Select brand Toasted Muesli (fruit & seeds) Woolworths Select brand Toasted Muesli (fruit & seeds) Product type Muesli Name of product (size) Woolworths Select brand Toasted Muesli (fruit & seeds) (650g) Batch marking NZ00443 Date marking Best ... more

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Implementation Workshop: Manufacture of Dairy Based Infant Formula Products and Formulated Supplementary Foods for Young Children

MPI would like to invite manufacturers of infant formula, follow-on formula, formulated supplementary food for young children, and manufacturers of dairy based ingredients suppliers for these products to attend an implementation workshop. The workshop will include an overview of the Animal Products Notice: Manufacture of Dairy Based Infant Formula Products and Formulated Supplementary Foods for Young Children. The workshop will be a forum for manufacturers to ask questions about the ... more

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