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:

Hear RNZ National presenter Kim Hill discuss ‘The Future of Food…and what it means for New Zealand producers and consumers’, with four experts: Martin Cole (CSIRO), Caroline Saunders (Lincoln University), Miranda Mirosa (University of Otago) and Ray McVinnie (chef, food writer and food safety adviser)

No evidence that Mycoplasma bovis can affect humans through the food chain, and therefore is not a food safety risk

Please join us in Hamilton on Monday 02 July 2018 for our Annual Symposium that is being held in conjunction with the NZIFST Conference (3-5 July 2018).

The programme is of interest to our government, research and industry friends.