New Zealand is recognised as a world leader for producing and delivering safe food.
The purpose of the New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre is to protect and enhance the reputation of food produced in New Zealand and to protect public health.
Food safety is important for New Zealand. Food industry exports make a major contribution to our economy, and our ability to protect and increase our international trade in food products, as well as protect the health of New Zealanders, depends on our food safety system. Industry, regulators and Government in New Zealand have recognised the need for collective investment to help ensure continued market access.
Science and research are essential for managing food safety risks and preventing new food safety issues arising. The New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre has been set up to co-ordinate food safety research and provide a collective resource that will further enhance New Zealand’s reputation as a source of safe food.
The Centre provides a focal point for food safety science and research, bringing together the considerable expertise and resources of three Crown Research Institutes, three Universities and the Cawthron Institute in a unique partnership with government and industry. It provides an internationally credible voice for food safety, providing a strong science base for decision-making in public health and the food industry.