Food Safety

New machine to help export traceability

[05 June/The Scoop] AgResearch is developing a method of giving New Zealand exports a unique fingerprint that scientifically proves their provenance and could be used to deter supply-chain fraud. The method can also detect what feed a carcass was reared on. Dr Alastair Ross said the new rapid evaporative ionisation mass spectrometer (REIMS) machine being...

AsureQuality extends relationship

[8 January/Farmers Weekly] Food testing and biosecurity specialist AsureQuality is extending its partnership with Bureau Veritas into South-East Asia to benefit from the region’s rapid growth. The government-owned testing and certification agency will roll its eight-year-old Singapore facility into a new Singapore-based venture with Bureau Veritas. Bureau Veritas will contribute its newly-established food testing labs...

Needle found in capsicum bought at Tauranga Countdown over weekend

[26 November/Stuff] A Tauranga couple discovered a needle inside a red capsicum, purchased from Countdown Bureta Park. Will Taylor cooked a meal for his girlfriend, who apparently bit into it and it scratched the side of her tongue. Taylor said he contacted the store immediately and were advised they were going to take the capsicums...

MPI confirms no Australian contaminated strawberries in NZ

[17 September/Stuff] MPI confirmed that none of the strawberries that were part of the needle contamination scare in Australia were on New Zealand shelves. MPI’s Manager of Compliance Investigations, Gary Orr, said the Australian authorities tracked export orders for strawberries and confirmed none were imported by New Zealand. Countdown and Foodstuffs decided to not import...