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:

Listen to this informative (and entertaining) interview with US foodborne disease expert, Dr Robert Tauxe, on RNZ National, following his tour of New Zealand as a guest of NZFSSRC.

NZFSSRC Director Nigel French was privileged to be the only New Zealander (as far as he could tell)  out of 2000 invited to attend the Gates Foundation Summit in Berlin in October.  This was likely in recognition of his role as technical adviser on a Bill and Melinda Gates research project to study the effect of pathogens, esp

Eminent US food safety scientist, Dr Robert Tauxe, will be touring New Zealand late October/early November and will give free public talks in Palmerston North (24/10), Tauranga (25/10), Christchurch (30/10) Dunedin (31/10), Wellington (01/11), hosted by NZFSSRC, please reserve a seat at