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.


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


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:

Centre Chief Scientist, Distinguished Professor Nigel French, is an international authority on zoonotic diseases and currently one of the experts consulted by news media on the coronavirus outbreak.

Centre Deputy Director, Dr Tim Harwood, talks to RNZ Nine to Noon presenter, Lynn Freeman, about a new method Cawthron Institute researchers have developed to detect toxins in seafood, setting a world standard for the industry globally.

As part of the response to the mid-term review, the Board is transitioning towards skills-based governance for the Centre. Three new independent board members have been appointed.