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Updates to Codex HACCP and General Principles of Food Hygiene
In December 2020 the Codex Alimentarius Commission issued an updated version of the General Principles of Food Hygiene and HACCP.  Key changes that now need to be considered in your food business include:  The 7 principles of HACCP have been amended, with more focus on implementing control...
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Mercury in Fish - Safe fish consumption
Fish is an excellent source of protein, essential omega-3 fatty acids, iodine, important vitamins and is low in saturated fat. But it can contain mercury – which can be harmful at high levels. Although mercury is present at low levels in most fish, there is no need for anyone (including pregnant a...
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Eating Safely When Pregnant
New research from New Zealand Food Safety provides pregnant women with more options and certainty about what they can safely eat with updated tips to avoid foodborne illness. Review and download the guidelines, or watch a You Tube video on the topic  More information on food and pregnancy New Z...
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Food Fraud: an evolving crime
Food fraud refers to the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering with, or misrepresentation of food, ingredients or packaging at some stage of a product’s distribution or production cycle. It also refers to false or misleading statements made about a food or drink product for ...
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Kombucha Food Safety
The British Columbia (Canada) Centre for Disease Control has recently reviewed and updated their food safety assessment of Kombucha.   The resulting paper provides useful guidelines for the production of safe and suitable Kombucha products. You can review and download the article here...
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Updated Nutrition Panel Calculator released by FSANZ
The NPC is a tool to help food manufacturers calculate the average nutrient content of their food products and prepare a nutrition information panel (NIP). Some of the new features include: improved stability for uninterrupted access streamlined process to create recipes using three easy steps eas...
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Starting a Food Business - new resource
MPI has launched a helpful new booklet on starting a food business. This publication contains comprehensive onestop-shop guidance to help people find out about what food rules apply to a new business, how to put together a Food Control Plan or National Programme, find a verifier and get registe...
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Food Safety Culture resources
Food safety culture in a food business is how everyone (owners, managers, employees) thinks and acts in their daily job to make sure the food they make or serve is safe. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has developed a Food Safety Culture Hub of resources to assist businesses. You c...
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Pregnancy Warning Labels on Alcoholic Beverages
The Australian and New Zealand governments advise women not to consume alcohol during pregnancy. On 17 July 2020, Minister's responsible for food regulation (the Forum) accepted a proposed draft standard for pregnancy warning labels. In making its decision, the Forum confirmed its ongoing commi...
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Imported Food Risk Advice
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) have recently published a range of imported food risk advice.  While this is principally used to help determine risk management measures at the Austalian border, much of it is applicable here in New Zealand. The risk advice (28 microbiological and 8 ...
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