Food Politics

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Fonterra Crisis Results in NZ Food Safety Council

New Zealand’s Food Safety Minister, Nikki Kaye, today confirmed that an independent Food Safety Assurance Advisory Council is now set up to advise the New Zealand Government on food safety issues. The first meeting for the council will be in July this year. The establishment of the council is a direct result of a Government inquiry into Fonterra’s …

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Exploring Australia’s Potential To Become a Supplier of High Quality Food in China

With new laws on food safety coming into effect in China this month, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott keen to seal a free trade agreement between Australia and China, Australia is touted to become the ‘food bowl’ of Asia. Australia may not likely become the ‘food bowl’ of the region like the government claims, but it …

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New laws in China to tackle rampant food safety problems

Infected snail meat, poisonous mushrooms, goat meat marinated in duck urine to make it taste and smell like lamb – these are just some of the culinary delights that China’s food industry have served to its citizens since 2006. In a move to clean up China’s international reputation for appalling food safety, new food safety laws will …

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Ausveg Says Community Gardens a Food Safety Risk

They’re meant to bring neighbourhoods together and encourage an interest in gardening, but Ausveg says that community gardens also pose a serious safety risk for the nation’s horticulture sector. Lack of Quality Assurance Guidelines Posing Risk of Infestations “A lot of these gardens may not be in the best nick, so to speak, and the …

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Jennifer McDonald Appointed New Dairy Food Safety Victoria Chief

Dairy Food Safety Victoria, the independent regulator of Victoria’s dairy industry, has appointed Jennifer McDonald as its new chief executive officer. Ms McDonald will help Dairy Food Safety Victoria ensure local dairy premises and their products meet national food safety guidelines. She steps into the role vacated by Catherine Hollywell, who elected to leave the …

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Adelaide to Highlight Food Safety at World Aquaculture Conference

Between 2,000 and 3,000 international figures from the food and fisheries industries are expected to visit Adelaide next June when the South Australian capital hosts the World Aquaculture Conference. The 2014 conference will celebrate the theme “Create Nurture Grow.” Gail Gago, South Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries, said her state’s latest hosting opportunity …

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European Commission Rejects Australian Privatised Meat Inspection System

In a further blow for Australia’s meat industry, the European Commission has rejected its current meat inspection system. The meat industry was recently attacked by American consumer group Food and Water Watch, which is concerned that the largely self-managed sector puts US consumers at risk. Now it seems the European Commission agrees with them. Australia …

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Food Safety Standards Encourage China to Invest in Australian Dairy Industry

Some of China’s leading corporations declared their interest in Australia’s dairy industry at a round table meeting with new federal trade minister Andrew Robb recently. The Chinese firms said they were particularly attracted to Australia’s food safety record and secure food supply. Representatives from Chinese firms Bright Group, Dalian Fortune Group, ChemChina, Shaghai Tangjiu Group, …

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Australian Orchardists Call for Cider Concentrate Regulations

Australian orchardists want the federal government to regulate the imported concentrate used by many major cider brands. Representatives from the cider industry say they’re concerned about the potential health risks the product may pose to consumers and the damage the product will do to the local industry. Local Growers Fear Imported Concentrate Local fruit growers …

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Inghams Tahmoor May Be Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

The New South Wales Food Authority released distressing information about the Inghams Tahmoor food processing facility, which is a turkey abattoir  in Australia. The ABC news outlet was the first to bring animal cruelty allegations against the company in video footage the channel aired on television on March 20, 2012. This video footage then spurred …

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