Protecting and enhancing New Zealand’s reputation for world-leading food safety

The New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre (NZFSSRC) was established to harness the best of scientific expertise from across industry, government and research providers.

Our aim is to provide an internationally credible science base for decision-making in public health and the food industry. Our work focuses on better ways of detecting hazards in the food production chain and reducing the risk of food-borne illness to consumers.


As the Centre develops over time, research outcomes and news items will become available. Advice on food safety can be found here.


Current NZFSSRC Industry Investors are Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ), Meat Industry Association (MIA) and Zespri. Their investment provides them with access to world-class, industry-focused research capability in the area of food safety. We welcome enquiries from interested industry sectors. The NZFSSRC also undertakes fee-for-service research. Contact us to discuss your research needs.

Research | News:

Click here to view the latest news from the Australia & New Zealand Fresh Produce Safety Centre

Kathryn Ryan, Nine to Noon programme, Radio NZ National, talks to Dr Andrew Kralicek about his idea for a general purpose bio-sensor based on insects' phenomenal sense of smell. Andrew leads the molecular sensing team at Plant & Food Research.

Lynn Freeman, Radio NZ National Nine to Noon programme, talks to Dr Anne Astin about why the Centre was established and scopes its roles.  Dr Astin is a member of the NZFSSRC International Advisory Board, and attended the annual meeting of the Centre