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:

FoodNZ magazine has published a feature article on the Centre, explaining its scope, and dramatic recent events to support industry through Covid-19 and lockdown.

The Centre is now preparing for a possible return of community transmission by advising members on what PPE to use. 

The Centre’s deputy director and leader of the Seafood Safety research programme, Dr Tim Harwood, has been seconded by the Ministry for Primary Industries to spend a couple of days a fortnight at their head office in Wellington, starting in October.

Director of the Centre, Dr Catherine McLeod, is pleased to welcome two very interesting new members into the food safety science fold:

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