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Total Diet Study – the findings analysed

Kent posted in on December 1st, 2011.

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) officials say the five-yearly Total Diet Study — analysis based on research done in 2009 — showed estimated dietary exposures to all the 241 agricultural compound residues for which it tested were below the relevant acceptable daily intake (ADI) levels. “The New Zealand diet poses no food safety concerns […]

Expert on low drug resistance in bacteria from NZ food

John Kerr posted in on June 22nd, 2011.

A new Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) survey has examined the antimicrobial resistance of bacteria isloated from New Zealand food, and found little evidence of drug resistant ‘superbugs’. The survey was undertaken to establish the current extent of resistance to antimicrobial drugs in bacteria found in food-producing animals and fresh produce. Further details of […]

3News: Scientist’s actions a ‘disgraceful fiasco’ – judge

Peter Griffin posted in on August 11th, 2010.

Terril Marais has been sentenced after the Auckland District Council found her guilty of lying to MAF officers about the origins of the insect she was using for pest control for a client. The scientist brought the insect in from overseas and then cloned it, but told MAF officers she had found it in the […]

NZ Herald: Lab errors leads to GE leak

Peter Griffin posted in on August 2nd, 2010.

David Fisher writes in the New Zealand Herald about a probe into last year’s GE breach at Plant and Food Research’s Lincoln lab. While no criminal charges have been laid, the probe found that there were a number of problems related to the handling of the GE seeds, including not using the proper equipment to […]

Newsletter Digest: Space capsule landing, oil drilling, and Fieldays

Peter Griffin posted in on June 11th, 2010.

Aussie-bound space capsule due Scientists in the desolate South Australian outback are preparing for the touch down of a Japanese space capsule, which is scheduled to arrive on Sunday night. The Hayabusa capsule is the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid, which it did in 2005, intercepting the Itokawa asteriod. But scientists won’t know […]

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