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:

At the Centre's annual symposium in Christchurch on 1 July, the after lunch slot was enlivened by 11 superbly concise, informative and entertaining three-minute thesis presentations.  There have to be winners; there were certainly no losers. 

Chair Miranda Mirosa, University of Otago, announced the winners:

See the latest article co-authored by Professor Nigel French in the widely read Catalyst section, which appeared on Monday 3 June. 

The NZ Food Safety Science & Research Centre (NZFSSRC) is organising a special breakfast for women attending its annual symposium in Christchurch on 1 July, 7.15am to 8.45am, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Thanks to support from Zespri, the breakfast and inspiration that comes with it are complimentary.