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:

The Centre and United Fresh ran a well-attended and practical food safety science workshop in Auckland on 12 March.

The Centre members and ESR have clubbed together to produce an urgent review of the literature about coronaviruses and examination of the accumulating evidence about COVID-19 (as at 11 March), which answers questions many of our members have about the risks of food producers and handlers transmitting the virus.

Dr Catherine McLeod, Director of the New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre is delighted to announce new industry members Fonterra, Tatua Cooperative Dairy Company, Kono NZ LP, Trust Codes and affiliate member AsureQuality.