Product tampering

Product tampering

FGC has twice written to the government of the day urging a review of New Zealand’s law regarding malicious tampering of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals and other consumer goods to ensure it is fit for purpose, particularly in terms of penalties. In 2015, we wrote to...

Genetic engineering

The NZ Food & Grocery Council supports the provisions of the Food Standards Code (Standard 1.5.2) with regard to genetic engineering. To date, our members have not taken up GE ingredients in food because there has not been a consumer benefit worth launching onto...
Sunscreens

Sunscreens

FGC believes a mandatory standard for sunscreens would be a good idea as long as it was overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the Cosmetics Standard. It would a regulatory disaster for either Medsafe or the Ministry of Health to regulate...
Folic Acid Fortification

Folic Acid Fortification

The NZ Food and Grocery Council and the NZ Baking Industry Trust commissioned a report into folic acid fortification to get an update on the science. This report was conducted by Professor A. David Smith, of the Department of Pharmacology at Oxford University, and...

Acrylamide Update

There has been ongoing debate about the dangers of acrylamide in food and beverage. Food Standards Australia New Zealand has developed an infographic on acrylamide for the food industry, together with updated web content that draws heavily on the content of the...
Flushable Wipes

Flushable Wipes

The issue of wet wipes clogging sewerage systems has been a growing issue in recent years as this grocery category became more popular. FGC has been working on the issue since 2015 when it became aware of concerns that wet wipes, along with items such as babies’...
Sugar Tax Would Have to Be Enormous to Work

Sugar Tax Would Have to Be Enormous to Work

A British Medical Journal discussion on pro’s and con’s of a sugar tax provides a balanced discussion, but it’s clear that such taxes would have to be enormous to have an effect. The discussion, “Could a sugar tax help obesity?”, featured Adjunct Professor Sirpa...

Julian Baggini: Coke or Milk?

FGC commissioned world-renowned philosopher and author Julian Baggini to give his unique perspective on current discussions in the food industry. In this article, he discusses a topic that is regularly raised – should healthier food automatically be cheaper. Coke or...
Palm Oil

Palm Oil

Palm oil is used in many food and grocery products because of its versatility. There has been an ongoing campaign by groups within New Zealand and overseas to restrict its use because of deforestation in sensitive habitats in the world’s biggest producing countries...
Milk Permeate – The Facts

Milk Permeate – The Facts

To make sure consumers receive milk that is of a consistent quality and taste, some fresh-milk companies standardise the protein levels. And they do this by using permeate in some milk types. So what is permeate? It is the name given to the milk-sugar (lactose) and...
Country of Origin Labelling

Country of Origin Labelling

FGC supports a voluntary approach to country of origin labelling. FGC has had no feedback on suggestions for change from members, and no member in recent memory has suggested more regulation is needed in this area. Calls to members’ customer call centres on this issue...
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