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Academics’ criticism of breakfast cereals irresponsible, error-ridden

A claim by university academics that breakfast cereal is associated with obesity and among “the unhealthiest food available” in New Zealand supermarkets is incorrect and irresponsible, says the NZ Food & Grocery Council. The claim was made last week by researchers from Auckland University’s School of Population Health. Food & Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich says further analysis of the research, which made the claim that 83% of packaged ... more

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More food activist research from Auckland University

The latest research from Auckland University on packaged foods in New Zealand supermarkets is another disappointing example of food politicking dressed up as academic research, says NZ Food & Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich. “But what’s even more disappointing is that the paper is flawed due to its misuse of a specific food scoring system (the Nutrient Profiling Scoring Criterion – NPSC) that was developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand solely ... more

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Opinion: 'ultra-processed' categorisation of foods is emotive, simplistic, meaningless

A New Zealand health academic has presented research that she says demonstrates that our food industry and our supermarket chains are subjecting New Zealand consumers to a "large exposure of unhealthy food products". The new study looked at packaged foods taken from four major supermarkets in Auckland in 2011 (just over 6000 products) and 2013 (13,406 products). Study author Dr Wilma Waterlander, of the University of Auckland's School of Population Health, said results found ... more

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Childrens cooking competition aims to tackle obesity later on

New Zealand is raising a generation of kitchen strangers, a trend that concerns the NZ Nutrition Foundation. With parents more likely to consult their teenagers about what takeaway meals to order, than what dishes to make at home, the Nutrition Foundation hopes its national cooking competition will encourage teens into the kitchen, and out of the obesity rankings. “It’s disappointing to think that a staggering 16 per cent of parents never get their kids involved in cooking, ... more

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Organic vines shine in side-by-side trial

The final results of a groundbreaking three-year national organic grapegrowing trial are in – and the organic vines have come out shining. In the Organic Focus Vineyard Project, three vineyard teams transitioned half of their grapevines to organic production, while a team of scientists monitored the results and their wine industry peers looked on. For comparison, half of each focus vineyard site was managed under standard wine industry agrichemical practices. The ... more

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$16 million funding for food processing research

Cutting-edge research in food engineering will be funded in a new programme that brings together engineers and scientists from universities and crown research institutes to improve profits for New Zealand food producers. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment funding of $16.65 million over six years will enable research focused on selected processing steps – called unit operations – that will transform New Zealand’s primary food production into added-value ... more

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