The MOU was signed at the inaugural Food Integrity Conference last week, which had a focus on New Zealand’s supply chain with China.
Foshan has a population of more than 7.2million and is the third largest city in the Guangdong province.
Jo Goodhew, Food Safety Minister, opened the conference at Auckland University’s Grafton campus.
The agreement is a huge opportunity for APCFI, said Dr Helen Darling, executive director and conference organiser.
“We are seeing strong commitment in China to improving food safety, and one of the core strategies for this is in developing collaborations between regulators and private sector,” she said.
“We need to avoid everyone reinventing the wheel – New Zealand is a small country and to be competitive in the international marketplace we need to share knowledge and leadership.”
International speakers included Col. John Hoffman from the USA-based Food Protection and Defence Institute and Sonia Bradley from the World Bank, Global Food Safety Programme.
Speakers from China included Professor Wu, chief scientist, China National Centre of Food Risk Assessment in Beijing; and Professor Dong, head of the Foshan Food Safety Society and University of Foshan.