Protecting and enhancing New Zealand’s reputation for world-leading food safety

The New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre (NZFSSRC) was established to harness the best of scientific expertise from across industry, government and research providers.

Our aim is to provide an internationally credible science base for decision-making in public health and the food industry. Our work focuses on better ways of detecting hazards in the food production chain and reducing the risk of food-borne illness to consumers.

Consumers
Consumers

As the Centre develops over time, research outcomes and news items will become available. Advice on food safety can be found here.

Industry
Industry

Current NZFSSRC Industry Investors are Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ), Meat Industry Association (MIA) and Zespri. Their investment provides them with access to world-class, industry-focused research capability in the area of food safety. We welcome enquiries from interested industry sectors. The NZFSSRC also undertakes fee-for-service research. Contact us to discuss your research needs.

Research | News:


Ever growing public safety concerns about food safety means that New Zealand must keep pace with global food safety testing and diagnostic technologies.

The public may have many questions and concerns following the serious case of food poisoning, apparently from Clostridium botulinum, that has paralysed three people in the Waikato since mid-November.  It is suspected, but not yet confirmed, that the source was the wild pork they ate just minutes before they became violently ill and collapsed.

It seems that sewage-contaminated mussels may be the culprit in an outbreak of Paratyphoid Fever in Hawke's Bay which has so far (as at 26 September) hospitalised five out of the six people infected. Three of these people ate shellfish collected from Ahuriri, Napier.

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