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.

The millions of plastic water bottles we use each year, and all other clear no 1 plastics, can now go to Flight Plastics Ltd, Lower Hutt, for recycling and rebirth as food grade packaging and other products, which can be recycled again, indefinitely. The recycling technology comes from Europe.

“The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently conducted a study on New Zealand foods that analysed 74 different packaged and takeaway foods and tested them to see whether chemicals from the packaging had been transferred onto the food.

Many infectious diseases of people, including Ebola virus, HIV/AIDS, and pandemic influenza, are of animal origin (zoonoses). New diseases are emerging as humans encroach upon wildlife habitats. Dr Hayman is trying to understand when and why these pathogens jump to humans.

Professor Charles Eason received the Thomson Medal at this year’s Research Honours Dinner in Auckland on 10 October.

ESR is researching ways to improve Yersinia laboratory methods so that potential food sources or reservoirs harbouring Yersinia can be identified.

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.

"Although many studies have demonstrated an association between raw milk consumption and lower rates of diseases such as allergies and asthma, the evidence to date is still considered inconclusive, with observed associations being prone to confounding by other exposures. In contrast, the evidence that the consumption of raw milk is associated with ill-health is indisputable - the consumption of unpasteurised milk has been associated with a large number of outbreaks of infectious disease around the world, including New Zealand."

Bringing together infectious diseases scientists and professionals from the fields of human, animal and environmental health.

13 -14 December 2017, Nordmeyer Theatre University of Otago, Wellington

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Kathryn Ryan, Nine to Noon programme, Radio NZ National, talks to Dr Andrew Kralicek about his idea for a general purpose bio-sensor based on insects' phenomenal sense of smell. Andrew leads the molecular sensing team at Plant & Food Research.

Lynn Freeman, Radio NZ National Nine to Noon programme, talks to Dr Anne Astin about why the Centre was established and scopes its roles.  Dr Astin is a member of the NZFSSRC International Advisory Board, and attended the annual meeting of the Centre on 3 July.

Ms Kim Hill. Radio NZ National, interviews Professor Arie Havelaar, about a range of food safety issues, following the Centre's annual meeting in Nelson, 3 July. Professor Havelaar is on the Centre's International Science Advisory Panel.

Who wasn't at the first annual meeting of the NZ Food Safety Science & Research Centre, held in sunny Nelson on 3 July? What a great first gathering of people from industry, government and science interested in protecting public health and the integrity and reputation of our food exports.

The team at NZFSSRC congratulate Dr Lesley Rhodes on her for her appointment as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) “For services to science and marine farming”.

Dr Andrew Kralicek, Plant and Food Research, Auckland

Andrew Kralicek’s dream is in view.  A portable, affordable, accurate device to detect tiny concentrations of volatile organic compounds.  Such a biosensor could be used to indicate:

To be held in Auckland on 28 and 29 June 2017, the 2017 Food Integrity Conference will focus on how to protect the integrity of NZ food exports to the rest of the world.

Please join us in Nelson on Monday 03 July 2017 for our inaugural annual meeting that is being held in conjunction with the NZIFST Conference (4-6 July 2017).

On a wharf in Mapua, overlooking the largest estuary in New Zealand, began a company that uses brick kilns, manuka shavings, smoke, and a simple brine to turn out premium seafood.

More than 20% of fresh-cut sliced apples in the US are now processed using New Zealand technology.

Cawthron has been helping the Tasmanian seafood industry improve testing for paralytic shellfish toxins – a recurring problem for their shellfish aquaculture sector.

A food safety test recently developed by scientists at Cawthron Institute and the UK's Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is proving valuable to shellfish industry and consumers.

Work is well underway to protect New Zealand's $50 billion-plus food sector with an agreed programme of work for the New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre.