Overview – MPI’s food science programme

Get an introduction to, and find technical reports for the research projects, surveillance and other work carried out by MPI to ensure safe and suitable food. If you're new, start here.

How the programme works

MPI’s food science programme provides a broad project-based work programme which contributes to the assurance of safe food for the New Zealand population and for consumers in export markets.

Purpose of the programme

The programme aims to minimise foodborne illness in New Zealand by carrying out studies which:

  • help our understanding of food safety and suitability issues
  • assess their risk to the consumer
  • investigate food safety incidents relating to New Zealand-produced food and imported food and deal with them in a timely and effective manner.

Through the programme, MPI gathers information from surveillance, scientific literature, the experiences of scientists, and through experimental projects. In this way, food safety hazards are identified and monitored, and foodborne risks to human health can be managed.

The programme also aims to maintain key scientific capability in New Zealand.

How projects are assessed

Projects are assessed and ranked according to risk and other considerations such as:

  • political needs
  • international market access issues
  • MPI’s priorities
  • appropriate and effective use of funds.

The programme is risk-based. You can find out more about how the risk management framework is implemented in the section, MPI’s role in food science, by clicking on the left-hand menu.

Scope of the programme

As well as individual projects covering many different topics, MPI is carrying out several major programmes of work, each comprising a set of research projects. The programme includes:

  • MPI hazard risk management strategies, including those for Campylobacter, Salmonella and Listeria
  • MPI hazard reduction science programmes, including those for foodborne viruses, such as Norovirus, and Shiga-toxigenic E. coli (STEC)
  • MPI Human Health Surveillance Programme – refer to the link in the left-hand menu for information about this important work
  • MPI Nutrition Strategy
  • MPI Raw Dairy Product Science Programme
  • the New Zealand Total Diet Survey.

What you will find here

The section about MPI's food science programme is split into various sub-sections. Most pages contain links to technical reports associated with each programme. Use the menu on the left to find your way around.

You can find more information in the following sub-sections:

  • Hazard risk management strategies – learn about the MPI risk management strategies for foodborne illnesses including those caused by Campylobacter, Salmonella and Listeria, and get access to research documents.
  • Hazard reduction strategies – find out about the MPI hazard reduction strategies for STEC and foodborne viruses, and download to research documents.
  • Nutrition strategy – MPI’s nutrition strategy is supported by research documents that you can get access to from this page.
  • Raw dairy products – research into raw dairy products aims to ensure they are safe to eat – find the research documents that relate to this on this page.
  • New Zealand Total Diet Survey (NZTDS) – reports and information about this survey, which takes place about every 5 years can be found here.
  • What’s new – check this page regularly for important updates relevant to MPI’s food science programme.

Related information

Information specific to MPI’s food science programmes is contained in this section. If you want to find out how this science is implemented within New Zealand’s food industry, refer to the Industry requirements and Policy & law sections of the website.

Industry requirements

Policy & law

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