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Greater Unpasteurized Cheese Choice for the Kiwis

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cheese lovers will love this news. Locally-made unpasteurized milk cheeses may soon be available in New Zealand under new rules proposed by the New Zealand (NZ) Food Safety Authority (NZFSA).

NZFSA’s technical standards and systems assistant director Scott Crerar says under current food regulations, only a small range of unpasteurised milk products are imported and sold. The proposed rules released today for discussion would allow the production, sale, export and import of unpasteurised milk products that have an acceptable bacterial safety level.

“Many local manufacturers support the plan to address inconsistencies in the law that allow some raw milk cheeses made overseas to be imported whilst domestic manufacturers may not make their own equivalent products,” Scott says. “There is also support for the system from consumers who relish the thought of being able to enjoy a wider range of these products.”

Some unpasteurised milk products are higher risk foods than pasteurised products because they have not undergone heat treatment to kill harmful bacteria such as Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli, which can cause foodborne illness.

The proposed framework recognises some unpasteurised milk products can be produced so they pose a low food safety risk to the general population. However, vulnerable consumers – such as babies and toddlers under three, the frail elderly, expectant mothers and people with weakened immune systems – need to avoid eating them. The proposals include strategies to manage risks for vulnerable consumers by making them aware unpasteurised milk products can pose a higher risk than traditional pasteurised products.[Source]
There are those who say, however, that unpasteurized cheese is not safe.


New Zealand Nursing Council

Friday, May 8, 2009

New Zealand Nursing Council governs nursing practice in New Zealand. The Council sets and monitors standards in the interests of the public and the profession. The Council's primary concern is public safety.

Nurses from other countries may apply for registration with the New Zealand Nursing Council provided that applicants must supply evidence of nursing practice hours for the past three years while registered as a nurse. This must be in written format and verified by their employers. This does not apply to new graduates who have trained within the last year. All other applicants will be assessed on an individual basis.

Information on how to apply for registration may be downloaded here. For more information about New Zealand Nursing council, visit


Filipino nurses still welcome to work in New Zealand (NZ)

Apparently, Filipino nurses are still welcome to work in New Zealand albeit previous media reports that NZ is questioning the competence of Filipino nurses.

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino nurses are still welcome in New Zealand, executives of the New Zealand Nursing Council told the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing.

The DFA, which met with the Council’s chief executive Carolyn Reed and registration manager Andrea McCance, on Thursday said the assurance was made following some media reports that New Zealand is questioning the competence of Filipino nurses.

In a statement, the DFA said the executives also expressed regret about the report, which Reed said were based on remarks made by those not connected with either the Council or the New Zealand government.[Source]

Filipinos comprise the second largest number of foreign nurses in New Zealand, with about 200 nurses registered every year.


New Zealand's suspected swine flu cases rise

Saturday, May 2, 2009

New Zealand is one the first few countries suspected of having swine flu cases. And in just a short period, the number of suspected swine flu cases had dramatically risen up.

The number of suspected cases of swine flu in New Zealand rose to 136 on Friday, the government said.

The figure was up 25 from the previous day, while the three confirmed and 13 probable cases of the potentially deadly virus were unchanged from Thursday, Health Minister Tony Ryall told a press conference. [Source]

Swine flu was reported to have originated from Mexico. There are also cases of swine flu in Canada and the U.S.


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