New Zealand and China extend food safety partnership

By staff reporter

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Jo Goodhew, food safety minister, said China is a very important trading partner for New Zealand. ©iStock/sldesign78
Jo Goodhew, food safety minister, said China is a very important trading partner for New Zealand. ©iStock/sldesign78

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A scholarship programme between New Zealand and China boosting understanding of each other’s food safety systems has been extended for two more years.

It was developed between New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA).

Jo Goodhew, food safety minister, said 13 officials from CFDA have participated in the programme.

“This scholarship not only increases the understanding of our respective food safety systems, it also helps to strengthen the relationships between the two countries and help to align food safety practices,” ​she said.

“China is a very important trading partner for New Zealand and we’ve established a relationship based on trust, respect and New Zealand’s well-earned reputation as a producer of high quality and safe food.”

The scholarship covers best practice regulation, risk management, food processing and design, and the development and implementation of food standards.

The academic component led by Massey University is supported by applied learning through study tours and internships.

It was the first initiative under the Food Safety Cooperation Agreement between New Zealand and China in November 2013.

Related topics: Policy, Food safety, East Asia, Oceania, China

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