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:

Associate Professor Miranda Mirosa (University of Otago) has been appointed as an Independent Specialist Advisor to Parliament’s Environment Select Committee, which has asked for a briefing on food waste.  Miranda has observed representations to the committee and read the submissions, and will make a report with recommendation

In an article published in the Otago Daily Times, Dr Miranda Mirosa reported on some of the new forms of packaging scientists are developing to deliver food in the best possible condition, and in response to consumer demand to get rid of plastic.  She and University of Otago colleagues Professor Phil Bremer and PhD student Eri

Marine toxin specialist at the Cawthron Institute, Dr Tim Harwood, has been appointed the deputy director of the Centre.  Tim has been involved with the Centre since its inception in 2016 and leads the chemical diagnostics capability platform.