FoodTruths Blog

  • Election 2020: Part 4: Waste of Thyme

    Posted on Oct 16, 2020

    FoodTruths followed up our prospective politicians by asking what they will do about food waste.
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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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  • 10 Fascinating Food Facts

    Posted on Sep 18, 2020

    Have you ever wondered why we were told that eating carrots will help us to see in the dark or why red M&Ms disappeared for 10 years? Read our latest blog to find the answer to these questions and more interesting food facts.
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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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  • Health and nutrition claims on food labels - What do they really mean?

    Posted on Jul 15, 2020

    Health and nutrition claims on food labels - what do they really mean and what should we be aware of when browsing the supermarket aisles?
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  • What is Clean Labelling? An Improvement?

    Posted on Jul 12, 2020

    A clean label product is really one that has been produced with as few ingredients as possible, and with ingredients that might be found in the average household. In a lot of ways, it seeks to demystify the food product and restore trust in food producers or manufacturers.
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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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