Recordings: Webinar series based on the programme for the NZFSSRC Annual Symposium 2021

01 September 2021 – NZFSSRC Webinar on potential chemical contaminants in food

Jeane Nicolas, MPI, Impact on human health of microplastics in the New Zealand diet 

Peter Cressey, ESR, Nitrates in food and water

Dr Louis Tremblay, Cawthron Institute, University of Auckland, MBIE research project on emerging contaminants – an update 

Professor Phil Bremer, UoO, Potential food safety risks from substances unintentionally added to recycled plastics


15 September 2021 – NZFSSRC Webinar on food safety risk management standards and strategies

Glen Neal, FSANZ, Risk Management - Beyond the Science

David Lowry, EHEDG, Hygienic Design - The Smoking Gun of Pathogen Management

Dan Aubrey, AsureQuality, The increasing demands of food safety auditors

Dr Kang Huang, The University of Auckland, Bio-based management options for sanitising and disinfecting foods and surfaces


29 September 2021 – NZFSSRC Webinar on Tracking the bad bugs, fast!

Dr Rob Lake, ESR, The national Listeria database and how this can be used to support bacterial tracking by food businesses

Dr Carlos Campos, Cawthron Institute, Sanitary profiling and faecal source tracking tools for freshwater and marine environments

Roy Biggs, PIANZ, and Dr Joanne Kingsbury, ESR,  On-farm processing studies on Campylobacter prevalence – what we have learnt and next steps


ERIS: Monthly brief to alert members to emerging risks 

September 2021 

October 2021

November 2021

December 2021


ERIS Identification Panel Reports

November 2021


NZFSSRC Listeria Workshop Presentations: 03 February 2021

Nigel French: Listeria workshop: introduction and overview

Arnoud van Vliet: Whole Genome Sequencing and Listeria: technology, applcations and opportunities

Lucy Rivas: Getting a handle on Listeria in NZ - developing a shared whole genome sequence database for food safety applications


Information for horticulture sector on prevention of Typhoid and Paratyphoid contamination

ESR and the Centre have written a concise information leaflet about the serotypes of Salmonella enterica that cause typhoid and paratyphoid fevers.  The bacteria may be ingested from fecally contaminated food and water.  The incubation period varies widely, making source attribution difficult. Infections in New Zealand have mostly been among people who have recently travelled overseas.  However, it is a concern for food producers, especially those handling fresh produce – the bacteria can live on the surface of fruit and veg for some time.  The advisory spells out the need for the provision of good handwashing facilities, strict handwashing protocols, and refers to the tricky area of glove hygiene – contamination can occur when taking gloves on and off to go to the toilet.  Apart from its direct purpose, the leaflet is a very interesting read.  Link to leaflet


NZFSSRC Food Science Seminar Spotlight Presentations

28 February 2020_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Foodborne Viruses

03 April 2020_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Protecting your Food and Beverage Brand in Global Markets: Traceability in Action

24 April 2020_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Sustainable Bio-Based Interventions: Eliminating Cross-Contamination of Perishable Foods

29 May 2020_NZFSSRC Spotlight on A Testing Laboratory for the Ever-Nearer Future? & Food Safe – Test Kits for Industry

26 June 2020_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Microbial Challenge Studies to Validate Food Safety Controls in Food Production: The Ups and Downs of Setting up a NZ Reference Collection

31 July 2020_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Food waste in Aotearoa… the opportunities and solutions  

28 August 2020_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Front-footing food safety using modern research techniques

25 September 2020_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Ground breaking Insights: PhD Research @ NZ Food Safety Science Research Centre

23 October 2020_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Ground Breaking Insights 2: PhD Research @ NZ Food Safety Science Research Centre 

27 November 2020_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Food safety, consumers, and novel technology adoption

26 February 2021_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Ensuring the Safety of Novel Foods

09 April 2021_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Control of Campylobacter in poultry on-farm and during processing

28 May 2021_NZFSSRC Spotlight on The Economic Implications of Food Safety Incidents: From a Local Food Business to Global Trade Perspective

28 May 2021_NZFSSRC Spotlight on The Economic Implications of Food Safety Incidents: From a Local Food Business to Global Trade Perspective

25 June 2021_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Food Safety and Whole Genome Sequencing: New Opportunities, lots of Excitement and the Odd Headache  PDF - Presentation 

30 July 2021_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Lighting the way to reducing microbial contamination 

20 October 2021_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Emerging Infectious Diseases: a collaborative, science-based approach to prevention and control

03 December 2021_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Food Safety Culture: Wendy Newport-Smith - Management of Food Safety Risk in New Zealand

03 December 2021_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Food Safety Culture: Stefan Stewart - Creating a Food Safety Culture 

03 December 2021_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Food Safety Culture: Felicity Champion - Fonterra’s Safe Food Safe People Culture Journey 

03 December 2021_NZFSSRC Spotlight on Food Safety Culture: Hardeep Kang - Food Safety and Quality Culture 


Unlocking Curious Minds Project 

Keeping our watercress safe

Growing food-safe watercress

Starters & Strategies teachers' magazine - WATERCRESS (Kowhitiwhiti) is a popular wild food but...


A website to help members find and compare test kits for pathogens & contaminants

The Cawthron Institute, under the auspices of the Centre, is developing a website for members which sifts and presents succinct information about the different diagnostic tools available for detecting microbes and other contaminants in food – it has started with Listeria, which was identified by the project working group as a high priority target for NZ food producers and processors. The idea is to save industry time researching these products and to help them make informed decisions.  We know that companies are inundated and confused by online information and approaches from marketers of these tools.

The site, called Food Safe Test Kits for Industry, cuts ‘straight to the chase’ with direct comparisons of their ease of use, turn-around time, detection limits, and the level of training required.

This one-stop shop can be expanded to off-the-shelf diagnostic tools for other common problems like E.coli, and potentially contaminants too, such as aflatoxins in peanuts.  But before going any further, we want your feedback on the no frills beta test site, and what you would like to see improved

So far the government, via the Centre, has covered 100% of the cost.

Please give us your thoughts, however brief and informal, as soon as possible.


Dr Tim Harwood, Deputy Director of the Centre


NZFSSRC Guidance for Sensitive Outcomes in Research Projects

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NZFSSRC Publications

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Capability Mapping (CapMap) Online Search Tool

The New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre (NZFSSRC) has launched an exciting initiative to provide access to capability, resources and research projects on food safety. A searchable database is now available on the NZFSSRC website containing information for over 400 individuals, 18 organisations, 214 individual facilities, and more than 400 projects related to national food safety science and research.

The information is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to identify individuals and resources available to provide research and advice on food safety.  The database will be maintained and regularly updated by the NZFSSRC.

Check out the database here: CapMap

A summary of the objectives and key findings of the Capability Mapping Project are available to view in storyboard format below.


The Centre thanks all the organisations and 421 scientists who contributed to the Project and to the report, available to view here


Ideas on how to teach kids about wild kai and food safety

NZFSSRC has sponsored a resource in the teacher magazine Starters & Strategies on wild kai and food safety.  It is pitched at Years 5-10 students.  But what age group isn't interested in food.  It gives teachers specific ideas for things the kids can do, information to get them going, and draws on the kai blitz the Centre organised in Uawanui/Tolaga Bay this year.  There's a focus on shellfish gathering because filter feeders are a common source of food poisoning. click here to view article 



STEC - Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC), is a nasty toxin producing bacteria, also known as VTEC (Verotoxin producing E. coli)

It spreads easily and is life threatening in one in ten cases. This type of E.coli is a relatively new illness to New Zealand with the first case in 1993. Taranaki has one of the highest rates of STEC and nearly 50% of cases end up in hospital. Children under five living on and around farms are most at risk.

STEC Poster- final.pdf

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STEC Brochure - final.pdf


Preparing red meat for mincing and serving lightly-cooked or raw

What do you need to know - What do you need to do - What do you need to show


Information for chefs Cooking medium rare burgers



NZFSSRC Annual Meeting 2017 - Video Presentations

It's not too late

If you missed the Centre's first national meeting in Nelson on 3 July, it's not too late to hear some of the informative, interesting and sometimes humorous, presentations by our international science advisory board members, and local industry, government and science contributors, including some brave students.  We thank them for allowing us to post the videos of their presentations.  We are very grateful to our special guests and colleagues from China, Professor Xianming Shi (Shanghai Jao-Tong University) and Professor Winston Duo Wu (Soochow University) for coming to this meeting and presenting to us in English.  

Click here to view  - PASSWORD: foodsafety



ISSUE 1 - July 2017

ISSUE 2 - November 2017

ISSUE 3 - April 2018

ISSUE 4 - September 2018

ISSUE 5 - June 2019

ISSUE 6 - December 2019

ISSUE 7 - March 2021


Human Health Impacts Of Climate Change For New Zealand

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Multi-level mathematics, social sciences, health, literacy, science and arts-based activities on a 'Love Food Hate Food' theme

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Public Health Surveillance
Information for New Zealand Public Health Action

The Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR) under contract with the Ministry of Health (MoH) contributes to the national public health surveillance effort.
This website provides access to selected New Zealand public health surveillance data and information.