UK, New Zealand strike deal to give way to more seamless trade

U.K/New Zealand – Following 16 months of trade talks, United Kingdom and New Zealand have signed a pact that will circumvent bureaucratic obstacles that have previously impeded trade between the two countries. The British government is claiming the deal will “cut red tape” for businesses, suggesting there might be some harmonization of standards. It also claims the deal will bring a halt to tariffs for UK exporters and make it easier for UK professionals to work in New Zealand. The second post-Brexit trade deal was agreed in a video call…

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Universities join hands to research on smart tech tools to aid in remote auditing

NEW ZEALAND – A University of Canterbury-led project has explored the opportunities and challenges of remote auditing using drone, satellite imaging and artificial intelligence, to ensure farmers and other food industry businesses are following health and safety rules. Remote auditing of companies involved in food production and processing has become a growing trend since the Covid-19 pandemic began early last year. The report, ‘Remote auditing and assessment during the Covid-19 pandemic in New Zealand and China’, published in July by the researchers, is based on interviews with 40 stakeholders in…

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Namibia recalls Tiger Brands products as other affected countries follow suite

SOUTH AFRICA – Namibia’s health ministry has instructed local environmental health practitioners to withdraw various KOO canned products, Hugo’s Baked Beans and Helderberg Peas, produced between 1 May 2019 and 5 May 2021, from Namibian shelves. Canned products forming part of this recall cover various KOO canned vegetable products, excluding all KOO canned fruit products, KOO pilchards and KOO products packaged in glass. South African manufacturer Tiger Brands recently issued a recall of some 20 million KOO and Hugo’s canned vegetable products, as they may have a defective side seam…

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New Zealand, Australia to sign off on importation of irradiated fruits, vegetables

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND – Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) is set to amend the country’s historic stance on irradiation permitting the import of irradiation treated fresh fruits and vegetables. The process involves exposing products to ionizing radiation, either gamma rays, a high-energy electron beam, or x-rays.  FSANZ has concluded after a review by the Food Safety NZ, that except for the minimal reduction in nutritional value of products, irradiation is a safe and effective biosecurity tool. Still, the Food safety New Zealand (NZ) has encouraged that irradiation levels in…

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