New Zealand launches food safety partnership to protect $50bn industry
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew made the announcement today, saying Massey was chosen to host the centre by the Science Board after a number of proposals were considered.
“New Zealand’s food exports are dependent on a robust and internationally credible food safety system,” Mr Joyce says. “It is vital therefore that New Zealand is a visible leader in food safety science and research, and remains a producer of trusted, high-quality food products.”
The centre was a key recommendation from the Government inquiry into Fonterra’s contamination scare last year and will be managed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry for Primary Industries. It is expected to open in the middle of next year.
Massey University Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey welcomed the announcement, saying a high level of collaboration with other institutions was key to the bid’s success.
“New Zealand’s international reputation as a producer of safe food products can only be upheld if the country’s research community works together – this centre will be a partnership between Massey University and AgResearch, the Cawthron Institute, Environmental Science and Research, Plant and Food Research, and the Universities of Auckland and Otago. ■