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Nanotechnology in food reports – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 2nd, 2016.

Nanomaterials currently used in food additives and packaging do not appear to pose a health risk but we will need to keep an eye on newer materials in the pipeline, reports Trans-tasman food regulator. FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand) has released two reports reviewing the evidence for the safety of nanotechnologies in food packaging and […]

Fukushima and NZ: Five years later – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 10th, 2016.

Five years on from the Fukushima meltdown, the SMC asks if we have seen any effects in New Zealand. And have our attitudes towards nuclear power changed? It was the worst nuclear event since Chernobyl. In the wake of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, a crippled Japanese nuclear powerplant went into meltdown, and the world […]

Berries and Hepatitis A – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on December 3rd, 2015.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Director General has issued a statement warning of a potential Hepatitis A risk associated with imported frozen berries. UPDATE: MPI has now directed company FSL Foods to recall their Fruzio Mixed Berries sold in 1kg and 500 gram bags. The warning comes following 4 human cases of Hepatitis A thought […]

Berries contaminated with hepatitis A – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 17th, 2015.

An outbreak of hepatitis A in Australia has been linked to imported frozen berries from China. ABC News reports that up to nine people in  have become sick with the disease prompting a recall of products including mixed berries frozen pack from Nanna’s and Creative Gourmet brands. Our colleagues at the Australian SMC collected the […]

UPDATED: Raw milk debate reignited – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 12th, 2014.

Consumption of raw milk has been implicated in the death of an Australian three-year-old, drawing the raw milk debate back into the public eye. The unpasteurised milk was sold as ‘bath milk’ to circumvent laws around the sale of raw milk for consumption. Read more in coverage from the New Zealand Herald or listen to […]

UPDATED: Potential Hep A contamination of fruit – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 15th, 2014.

The Ministry for Primary Industries is warning consumers there is a small chance that fruit from a Hawkes Bay packhouse may have been contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus. In media statement issued yesterday, MPI Deputy Director General Scott Gallacher reassured consumers that the  risk of transmission of the virus is relatively low, but MPI […]

Fonterra cream products contaminated with E.coli

Peter Griffin posted in on January 14th, 2014.

Milk producer Fonterra has  recalled 8,700 bottles of its Anchor fresh cream after testing revealed a batch of the cream was contaminated with E. coli bacteria, some strains of which can cause nausea, diarrhea. Fonterra is yet to confirm which strain of E.coli that was confirmed in an independent lab, after regular testing of fresh […]

Food safety report spurs government action

John Kerr posted in on December 12th, 2013.

An independent report into the Fonterra botulism scare has been released and the central government has accepted the recommendations put forward. The government this week released the report on the first stage of the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination Incident and said it will accept in principle all 29 recommendations. The report’s […]

‘How safe is our food?’ – Sunday Star Times

John Kerr posted in on August 12th, 2013.

In the wake of Fonterra’s contamination scare, Adam Dudding takes a big picture look at food safety in New Zealand for the Sunday Star Times. An excerpt (read in full here): How safe is our food really? We eat food that could have been grown almost anywhere on the planet, by people we’ll never meet, […]

Plants in our diet unlikely to regulate genes – study

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 2nd, 2013.

In the latest twist in the recent scientific discussion over whether double stranded RNA from plants in our diet can interfere with genetic expression once they’ve been consumed, a new study in primates has failed to find supporting evidence for the claim, potentially undermining arguments that genetically modified plants that produce these molecules may pose a […]

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