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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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Smokiní hot, but safe (and delicious) to eat

On a wharf in Mapua, overlooking the largest estuary in New Zealand, is a company that uses brick kilns, manuka shavings, smoke, and a simple brine to turn out premium seafood. Pete Patullo, owner of the Smokehouse, knows the process he uses to impart flavour and preserve precious protein fufils all compliance and labelling requirements. This is because his company works closely with the team at Cawthron Institute’s Analytical Services. Cawthron Analytical Services test fresh ... more

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New food plans make law easier for businesses

The government is proposing changes to improve the written plans that it provides for businesses to manage food safety. A consultation, released today, calls on food businesses to decide if the new version is easier to use. The plans – called template food control plans – are used by businesses like restaurants, cafes and delis to comply with the Food Act. Sally Johnston, Manager Food and Beverage at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says “since the law ... more

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2017 New Zealand Food Summit

2017 New Zealand Food Summit | 28 – 29 March, Auckland Join food leaders at the New Zealand Food Summit as they discuss how to deliver a consistent story around provenance and make New Zealand the leader in the provision of safe high-value food for the world. This summit will serve as the focal point for all specialists in their fields from technicians, scientists and regulators to business and commercialisation specialists. Attend any session from the two conferences, Food ... more

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MPI publishes new Listeria control measure fact sheet

New: Publication of Listeria control measure fact sheet for producers of ready-to-eat animal products MPI has developed the “Listeria control measures” factsheet which provides key good operating practices and control measures that can help to minimise contamination in the processing area. This factsheet is on the Listeria – resources and documents ... more

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Is New Zealand food safe? A toxicologistís view

In his upcoming UC Connect public talk, University of Canterbury Professor of Toxicology Ian Shaw will explore food from a toxicologist’s perspective and focus on chemical contaminants and natural toxins in food and try to answer the question, is New Zealand food safe? Most people don’t think about food safety when they eat their dinner in a developed country like New Zealand, Professor Shaw says. “This is because we put our trust in government regulators, farmers ... more

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MPI: No food safety risk associated with fish oil supplements

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Ministry of Health are confident a recent study provides no evidence of a food safety risk associated with fish oil supplements currently on the New Zealand market. Jenny Reid, MPI Manager Food Science and Risk Assessment says the recently published Liggins Institute study that gave highly oxidised fish oil supplements to pregnant rats does not identify a risk to pregnant women. “The fish oil that was given to the pregnant rats ... more

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Food manufacturers have obligation over safety and information on packs

Food manufacturers have an obligation not only to make sure their products are safe but also to give consumers as much information about them as possible, says Len Croudis, Country Manager for SunRice. He was speaking about food safety leadership in the latest FGC Leaders Series video. “We have an obligation to make sure that what we put out there is safe and right for the consumer. “Ideally, the company too should have things on their packaging around websites so ... more

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