Day: March 2, 2016

NZ: New Food Act comes into force

New Zealand Government: The new food safety legislation, which comes into effect [1st March], will help protect public health and sustain a strong food industry for years to come, says Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew. “The Food Act 2014 will help us to future-proof the safety of our food, and to make compliance more efficient for businesses,” says Mrs Goodhew.

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Day: March 2, 2016

DE: Opinion: Could retailer pollinator policy jeopardize bee and grower well-being?

Fresh Fruit Portal: In today’s competitive food retailer business where margins are at their lowest and every new advantage may increase customer share, the incentive to find a new angle that gains customer approval and raises profile above that of competitors, even at the expense of sound judgment, may be difficult to resist. Following a retailer’s recent decision to ban eight allegedly ‘bee harming’ insecticides from its products, Christina Huxdorff from Greenpeace, Germany was quoted as saying, “This is just a beginning”. For growers worldwide who need these valuable tools to control potentially devastating pests in order to supply the European food chain, the concern must now be: where will it all end?

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