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27 June 2002
More consumer protection and less bureaucracy will be just two of the major
benefits of the establishment of the New Zealand Food Safety Authority, Te Pou
Oranga kai O Aotearoa, from July 1.
NZFSA Executive Director Dr Andrew McKenzie said the new Authority would
combine the functions of MAF Food and the Ministry of Health in one agency to
provide a more integrated approach to food safety. At present the Ministry of
Health administers the Food Act which covers food sold domestically while MAF
administers legislation surrounding primary production, processing and exports.
The New Zealand Food Safety Authority will be a semi-autonomous body attached to
"Bringing these functions together under one agency will enable New
Zealand to provide consistency in the management of food safety from the
beginning of the food chain to the end," Dr McKenzie said.
"Our vision to is have a world-leading food regulatory programme that
has the confidence of all stakeholders while at the same time protects consumers
from food borne illness and enhances New Zealand's position as a trusted food
supplier," he said.
"One of our main aims is to ensure that all New Zealanders have
confidence in the food they purchase and consume. The Authority will set
appropriate standards and ensure those standards are rigorously enforced. Over
the next few years the Authority will streamline the application of regulations
and standardise requirements for food production. This will mean that the food
industry will work to one set of rules whether they are providing product for
the local or export markets."
"Food is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are 30,000 businesses
licensed to produce, sell, manufacture and process food in New Zealand so robust
food standards and regulations are of the utmost importance. More than 50
percent - $11 billion per annum - of New Zealand's export earnings comes from
food. About 80 percent of all the food produced in New Zealand is exported, so
the value of having safe food is immeasurable. In fact our reputation depends on
A Food Safety Advisory Board will provide independent advice to the Minister
of Food Safety Annette King and an 0800 number - 0800 NZFSA1 (0800 693 721) -
has been set up for consumers as the first point of contact for food safety
concerns and information.
The appointment of Dr Andrew McKenzie as executive director of the Authority
was announced earlier this month. Dr McKenzie has wide-ranging experience in
domestic and international food safety and has a background in New Zealand's
primary processing of animal products and their exports. He has worked
extensively in the international food safety standard setting environment.
The Authority will be launched at three functions in Auckland, Wellington and
Christchurch on July 2. Its new office at 68 Jervois Quay, Wellington will open
on July 1.
For more information contact:
Dr Andrew McKenzie, executive director, NZ
Food Safety Authority on 04 474 4250 or 021 430 187 or Sharon Williams,
Communications Adviser, 04 470 2760
Contact details for the new authority are:
New Zealand Food Safety Authority
68 Jervois Quay
PO Box 2835
Phone 04 463 2500 Fax 04 463 2501