OUR
PURPOSE

The purpose of the NZFSSRC is to discover, develop and make tools and knowledge available to ensure that food produced in New Zealand is safe for all consumers.

RESEARCH PARTNERS

The Centre’s research partners produce internationally recognised food safety science. To find out more about our science partners click here

INDUSTRY MEMBERS

The Centre is supported by a diverse array of food producing, processing and retailing companies and associations. Find out more here

THE SCIENCE

The NZFSSRC science programme has four streams:

Company-based projects to address specific current issues.
Industry sector-based programmes to address high priority national concerns.
Strategic cross-sector initiatives.
Iwi/Māori collaborative initiatives to help achieve key food safety aspirations.

The Centre has five major initiatives:

LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

A high priority pathogen that concerns all sectors, the Centre is pursuing a strategic programme of work focused on Listeria.

Listeria Monocytogenes

EMERGING RISK IDENTIFICATION

In partnership with MPI and industry, the NZFSSRC is progressing a national Emerging Risk Identification System (ERIS) to identify key emerging food safety risks.

Emerging Risk Identification

RISK ASSESSMENT

In partnership with MPI and industry, the NZFSSRC is progressing a national Emerging Risk Identification System (ERIS) to identify key emerging food safety risks.

Risk Assessment

FOOD SAFE TEST KITS

To assist our partners in evaluating which test kits might be most suitable for their needs, the Centre manages a tool that can be used to decide which option is best for your company needs.

Food Safe Test Kits

CHEMICAL CONTAMINANTS

An increasing concern, the Centre is providing support for rapid risk assessment of chemical contaminants that may arise from a variety of sources.

Chemical Contaminants

MEET OUR TEAM

A passionate, experienced team providing world-class leadership and expertise.

Management and Administration

Professor Phil Bremer
Professor Phil Bremer
Acting Director
Dr Tim Harwood
Dr Tim Harwood
Deputy Director
Distinguished Professor Nigel French
Distinguished Professor Nigel French
Chief Scientist
Dr Gale Brightwell
Dr Gale Brightwell
Associate Director
Ms Wendy Newport-Smith
Ms Wendy Newport-Smith
Manager
Mrs Michal Dunn
Mrs Michal Dunn
Administrator
Ms Laura Biessy
Ms Laura Biessy
Industry Research Liaison
Dr Vivienne Hunt
Dr Vivienne Hunt
Strategic Relationships Advisor
Ms Glenda Lewis
Ms Glenda Lewis
Communications Adviser to the Centre
Mr Donato Romanazzi
Mr Donato Romanazzi
Industry Research Liaison

Science Leadership Team

Professor Phil Bremer (Chair)
Professor Phil Bremer (Chair)
University of Otago
Associate Professor Patrick Biggs
Associate Professor Patrick Biggs
Massey University
 Dr Gale Brightwell
Dr Gale Brightwell
AgResearch
Dr Tim Harwood
Dr Tim Harwood
Cawthron Institute
Dr Rob Lake
Dr Rob Lake
Environmental Science & Research (ESR)
Dr Sinisa Vidovic
Dr Sinisa Vidovic
Plant & Food Research (PFR)
Prof Brent Young
Prof Brent Young
University of Auckland
Prof Stephen On
Prof Stephen On
Lincoln University

Governance Board

Collier Isaacs
Collier Isaacs
Independent Chair, NZFSSRC
Dr Anne Astin
Dr Anne Astin
Independent Science Director, NZFSSRC. William Angliss Institute, Australia
Mr Greg McCullough
Mr Greg McCullough
Independent Board Member, NZFSSRC.
Ms Catherine Richardson
Ms Catherine Richardson
Independent Board Member, NZFSSRC.
Dr Meika Foster
Dr Meika Foster
Independent Board Member, NZFSSRC.
Dr Naomi Parker
Dr Naomi Parker
MPI representative on the Board
Mr Jonathan Lane
Mr Jonathan Lane
Observer, NZFSSRC Board. Senior Investment Manager in MBIE’s Strategic Investments team
Prof Giselle Byrnes
Prof Giselle Byrnes
Observer, NZFSSRC Board. Provost, Massey University

International Scientific Advisory Panel

Dr Leon Gorris
Dr Leon Gorris
Chair, ISAP
Dr Arnoud van Vliet
Dr Arnoud van Vliet
University of Surrey
Prof Adam Lindgreen
Prof Adam Lindgreen
Copenhagen Business School
Dr Andrew Pearson
Dr Andrew Pearson
Tonkin + Taylor
Dr Lisa Szabo
Dr Lisa Szabo
CEO NSW Food Authority

Industry Advisory Group Representatives

Dr Philip Wescombe (Chair)
Dr Philip Wescombe (Chair)
Oceania
Ms Farzana Adams (IAG Rep - NZFSSRC Board)
Ms Farzana Adams (IAG Rep - NZFSSRC Board)
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