Access presentations from FSANZ's symposium held on July 1, celebrating 20 years of the Australia New Zealand Food Treaty

Ministerial welcome

Hon. Jo Goodhew, Minister for Food Safety - Hon. Jo Goodhew, Minister for Food Safety

20 years of achievement – a triumphant look back

Lynne Daniels, Acting Chair, FSANZ Board (pdf 101kb) | (word 38kb)

Science as an evidence base to policy and standards

Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister (pdf 115kb) | (word 79kb)

Why informed consumers matter – the importance of standards

Sue Chetwin, CEO Consumer NZ (pdf 592kb)

Thank goodness for food standards! Celebrating 20 years of trans-Tasman collaboration to provide safe food

Katherine Rich, New Zealand Food and Grocery Council (pdf 1.6mb)

Food security and other technological challenges

Tony Nowell, FSANZ Board & APEC Business Advisory Council (pdf 5.8mb)

The Silicon Valley of Food

Marc Lubbers, Senior Investment Manager, MBIE (pdf 2.2mb)

Smart Regulatory Stewardship

Jenny Reid, Manager Food Science, NZ Ministry for Primary Industries (pdf 1.1mb)

Nutrition and Innovation: A Fonterra perspective

Angela Rowan, Senior Nutritionist, Fonterra (pdf 1.7mb)

The World’s Biggest Industry Just Got Served

(25 May 2016) American blog NewCo Shift discusses the FDA's launch of a new food labelling regime last week. There is a new version of the familiar Nutrition Facts label, which sits on every packaged food product sold in the US, and it takes aim squarely at the new public enemy #1: Sugar.

Read the article and watch the interview ...

Food Act 2014: New law for businesses that sell food

(01 March 2016) A new law for all businesses that sell food comes into effect today.

"The Food Act 2014 is designed to modernise food safety in New Zealand. It will make it easier for businesses to make sure their food is safe," says Scott Gallacher, Deputy Director-General Regulation and Assurance, at the Ministry for Primary Industries.

From today, anyone who starts a business that involves food must follow the new law. This includes anything from restaurants, to corner dairies, market stalls, or internet cake sellers.

Existing businesses also need to make changes, although they have longer to do so.

"The new law applies to a wide range of businesses, and includes any which make, sell, grow or transport food commercially. This includes those who serve food as part of their business, like education providers or care homes for example.
"We've made it easy for businesses to see how the new law applies to them with an online tool. Businesses should visit the MPI website and use 'Where do I fit?'

"The new law is designed to help businesses and consumers. It moves from a one-size-fits-all approach, to one that regulates businesses according to risk. This will help keep regulation and costs down for many businesses, especially lower risk businesses, like those who grow fruit and vegetables or sell only pre-packed food.
"It also offers businesses greater flexibility. People can sell food they have made at home, for example, but must meet the same food safety standards as other businesses. "By focusing on what's most important to food safety, the law will help ensure safer food for consumers. At the same time, keeping costs down for businesses will also keep costs down for consumers.
"The new law also introduces other measures to help businesses keep time and costs down. For example, those who manage food safety well will need less frequent checks.
"Although the new law starts today, existing food businesses don't have to make changes straight away. They will move over to the new Act at different times over a three year transition period."

By making food safety requirements more efficient for businesses, the Act fits with wider government efforts to deliver better public services.

The new Food Act 2014

(15 July 2014 - by Simpson Grierson) In May this year, the new Food Act 2014 (Act) was passed into law after a long Parliamentary legislative process. The majority of the Act comes into force on 1 March 2016 (when the Food Act 1981 will be repealed). However, provisions relating to product recall and the ability to manage a food safety incident are in effect now.

So what are the key changes?

The purpose of the Act is to establish a flexible, cost-effective and risk-based food safety system of management. This is intended to be a move away from the “one-size-fits-all”approach under the old Act. We have summarised the key changes in this document:

Food Act 2014 - summary  

Food Bill changes to better protect public

(4 February 2014) Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye says her proposed changes to the Food Bill will provide greater protection for the public during food safety incidents. "Today I have written to the Chair of the Primary Production Select Committee asking the select committee to consider changes to recall provisions, following the findings of the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination Incident," Ms Kaye says. The Bill is currently before the select committee. 

Full statement here

Supplemented Food Standard

(18 Feb 10) The Minister for Food Safety, Hon Kate Wilkinson, issued the New Zealand Food (Supplemented Food) Standard 2010 on Monday (copy below). The Standard will be gazetted today, Thursday 18 February 2010.

The Supplemented Food Standard regulates food type dietary supplements (supplemented foods) which were previously regulated under the New Zealand Dietary Supplement Regulations 1985. The Supplemented Food Standard aligns, as much as possible, the requirements for food type dietary supplements with those for foods regulated under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The Supplemented Food Standard will be administered by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority.

The Dietary Supplements Regulations have been amended to exclude food-type dietary supplements and to provide permission for an increase to the allowable level of folic acid in dietary supplements that are made under Good Manufacturing Process.

Supplemented Food Standard 2010

Front of Pack Labelling (FOPL)

(2009) Regulatory bodies in both Australia and New Zealand are currently reviewing Front of Pack Labelling regulations with a view to resurrecting the concept of Interpretative Labelling (the so-called "Traffic Light" system). The NZBC Executive has submitted a paper to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) outlining our position on this matter.

NZBC Submission to the Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC) on the Consultation Paper for a Front Of Pack Labelling Policy Guideline:

NZBC FOPL submission 0309