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More raw milk sold by vending machine at the farm gate in NZ

A family-owned raw milk dairy with a new name in New Zealand has installed an Italian made dispenser at its farm gate, hoping people passing by on the road will purchase the output of its 520-cow herd. The dairy farm is 112 years old, located at Turua on the Hauraki Plains, and owned by Neil… Continue Reading

Deadlines set for comments to FSANZ on changes Down Under

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), which has responsibility for food safety in Australia and New Zealand, has upcoming comment deadlines for several draft variations to its food code.   Three applications with comment deadlines in coming weeks are: A1131 – 1 (Protease) as a Processing Aid (Enzyme) Seeks a permit for the use of aqualysin 1 sourced from Bacillus subtilis… Continue Reading

New Zealand’s food code revisions could be stalled by quake

It is not known if the deadly 7.5 magnitude earthquake that stuck New Zealand just after midnight local time Monday will slow work on minor changes to the country’s Food Standards Agency. On Friday before the big quake, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) asked for the public’s help on the changes with Dec. 16… Continue Reading

New Zealand’s Parliament advances food safety reform bill

Three years after a major botulism scare involving whey protein concentrate used in infant formula and other food products, New Zealand’s parliament has unanimously passed the first reading of the Food Safety Law Reform Bill. New Zealand Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew said in a statement issued Wednesday that the legislation was important both for consumer health… Continue Reading

FDA’s new food safety partnership with Canada

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Editor’s note: This was originally published on as part of FDA’s Voice Blog series. With a shared border that is more than 5,500 miles long, Canada and the United States have a lot in common — including a shared food supply. So it is no surprise that Canadian food safety agencies and the U.S. Food and… Continue Reading

New food code now in effect for Australia and New Zealand

The new Food Standards Code for Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) became fully effective on March 1. Steve McCutcheon, chief executive officer of FSANZ,   said the new code more closely aligns with the food acts of Australian states and territories and New Zealand. There is no transition period between the old and new… Continue Reading

Food Traceability Tool Developed in New Zealand Uses QR Codes

A traceability system developed in New Zealand uses Quick Response (QR) codes so consumers with smartphones can have an easily accessible history of the source and status of an item, whether it happens to be a dairy product, a car, or any other merchandise. IDlocate is a relatively new product developed by a company based in Auckland, NZ. Companies implementing the… Continue Reading

Review of Safe Food Australia Standards Extended Through Sept. 18

Food safety standards with obligations for Australian food businesses to produce food that is safe and suitable to eat are undergoing a couple of changes, according to Food Standards for Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ). FSANZ is reviewing the new version of Safe Food Australia because of changes involving shopping trolleys (carts) and companion dogs…. Continue Reading

New Zealand Group Seeks Zero Tolerance for Pesticide Residues in Baby Food

A petition seeking zero tolerance for pesticide residues in baby food was discussed Friday by a committee of the New Zealand parliament, but members of the Primary Production Committee reportedly took no action on it. The Safe Food Campaign (SFC), which is sponsoring the petition, noted that the European Commission has mandated no detectable pesticide levels for… Continue Reading

Aussie Health Officials Want Consistent Approach to Raw Milk Ban

Doug Powell, the former Kansas State University professor who reports from Down Under on his popular Barfblog, says that while raw milk is legally sold in Australia as “bath milk” in stores alongside pasteurized milk, those days may be drawing to an end. Michael Baird, premier of New South Wales and leader of the New… Continue Reading