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  • Is food too cheap? What makes up the price of your fruit and vegetables

    Posted on Oct 28, 2020

    Warnings of an acute shortage of workers to harvest food crops in New Zealand are growing. But the problem – and potential solution are more complex than they may seem, and give rise to the question: ‘Is food too cheap?”
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  • Election 2020: Part 3: Politics, Policies and Healthy Eating

    Posted on Oct 08, 2020

    Compared to previous elections, this time around there has been very little rhetoric around encouraging healthy eating and improving the long-term health outcomes of New Zealanders. FoodTruths wanted to find out what policies, if any, are aimed at encouraging healthy eating and improving the quality of food consumed by New Zealanders.
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  • Election 2020 Part 2: COVID19 didn't change anything

    Posted on Oct 01, 2020

    Covid-19 resulted in the first time that many New Zealanders saw empty supermarket shelves. That was alarming for many, and made us ask the question: “when push comes to shove, will there be enough food to go around?”
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  • Election 2020 Part 1: Politicians are Predictable

    Posted on Sep 28, 2020

    Food is hardly a sexy election topic. The Minister of Food Safety is not a glamorous portfolio. Yet food production, consumption and education directly affects our future and health statistics, so FoodTruths is taking a deeper look.
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  • Holes Found in Baby Food Pouches

    Posted on Sep 06, 2020

    When I first heard that mice caused the damage to the baby food pouches, my first thought was how could this happen, and should we be concerned about other food products stored at distribution centres and in our supermarkets?
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  • Can COVID-19 survive in refrigerated environments – and for how long?

    Posted on Aug 17, 2020

    The Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet Gerrard, has released a brief summary of the (very limited) evidence regarding possible survival and transmission of COVID-19 in refrigerated environments.
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  • Food safety has got complicated. Can our mobile phones change that?

    Posted on Aug 17, 2020

    The concept of transparency is frequently thrown around yet, as a consumer, there is little that will actually prove the transparency of a food product – unless you dig the carrot yourself.
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  • Where does our pork come from?

    Posted on Aug 03, 2020

    More than 60 per cent of the pork products consumed in New Zealand is imported from over 25 countries, and currently there are no regulations around country of origin labelling for these products. So how can we tell where our pork is from and why are we importing so much of it?
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  • How Do We Protect Ourselves from Food Fraud?

    Posted on Jul 02, 2020

    Are we immune to food fraud in New Zealand and is there anything that we as consumers can do to protect ourselves from food fraud?
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  • Restaurants v delivery apps in battle for 'last mile'

    Posted on Jun 30, 2020

    Covid-19 has forced us to rethink our relationship with food. Customers are shifting from bricks and mortar restaurants to the efficiency of home delivery systems.
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  • Food Fraud

    Posted on Jun 23, 2020

    Over the next four weeks FoodTruths is shining the light on Food Fraud! This week: what on earth is food fraud and why should we be worried about it?
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  • Covid 19: Pandemic Exposes How Fragile Our Food Systems Are

    Posted on Jun 04, 2020

    Because of Covid-19, New Zealanders have encountered food insecurity for the first time. Supermarket shelves have been emptied and restrictions were placed on the quantity and volume of items that could be purchased.
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  • Food Incident Reporting App: FIRA

    Posted on May 10, 2020

    FIRA is our web-based service designed so that the consumers (i.e. every single person in the world) can communicate effectively with the food chain. You send reports to us about any bad experiences you have had with food, and we get that information to the right people.
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  • Food, supply chains and the effects of coronavirus.

    Posted on Mar 30, 2020

    The current grip of the Covid-19 coronavirus on the world reinforces many things – one of the most significant is our reliance on other nations for trade and, specifically, the reliance on transportation systems to move manufactured goods, food and ingredients around the globe.
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  • Comfort Food

    Posted on Mar 25, 2020

    2020 has bought us uncontrollable wildfires in Australia, a global pandemic, near World War 3 and we are only just reaching the end of the first quarter. It is understandable to be feeling low, to be reaching for some comfort food. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the bag of chips, chocolate or whatever your flavour.
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