Terms of use

The following discloses the terms of use for this website.
By accessing and viewing the pages of this website you agree that you have read and accepted the terms of use as set out below.


In these terms of use, any references to:
“FOODfiles™ Data” means the data and other nutritional information content published in the FOODfiles™ database, the Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables and data accessed through the online Search .
“we, “us” and “our” mean The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited (trading as Plant & Food Research) and the Ministry of Health (New Zealand) on behalf of the Crown; and “website” means the website www.foodcomposition.co.nz

Intellectual Property and Copyright

Except as expressly provided on the website, we hold all copyright and other intellectual property rights in the website and the information on the website including the FOODfiles™ Data (collectively our “intellectual property”) and reserve all of our rights.
Other than as expressly set out in these terms of use, you may not reproduce any of our intellectual property, in whole or in part, without our prior specific written permission.

FOODfiles™ Data Licensing

We grant you a worldwide, non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty free, right to access and use the FOODfiles™ Data subject to the following conditions:

  1. You must not modify any part of the FOODfiles™ Data;
  2. You must take all reasonable steps to ensure you do not do anything that might undermine or compromise the security and integrity of the FOODfiles™ Data;
  3. You will notify us immediately upon becoming aware that the security and/or integrity of the FOODfiles™ Data may have been threatened or compromised;
  4. Where you access or use or reproduce all or any part of the FOODfiles™ Data in or as part of any good, product or service, in whatever form (together the “works”), you must ensure:
    1. the FOODfiles™ Data is clearly presented in its original and unaltered form;
    2. we are acknowledged on or within the works as the source of the FOODfiles™ data; and
    3. any access to or use or supply of the works by or to any third party is clearly expressed as being subject to the terms of use for the website; and
  5. If requested by us, you will provide us with such access to the works as is reasonable in the circumstances.


Information within the website may change from time to time. In particular, we reserve the right to update, change, correct or withdraw the FOODfiles™ Data at any time without notice.
We will endeavour to keep this website and its contents, particularly the FOODfiles™ Data, up to date and accurate. However, we make no representation or warranty (whether express or implied) that:

  1. the content displayed on this website is up to date or accurate, or that it is suitable for your intended use or circumstances (or the intended use or circumstances of any third parties); or
  2. the website will operate on a continuous or fault free basis.

Liability and Indemnity

You will be liable for all losses arising out of any failure by you to fully comply with the terms of use or your use of or reliance upon the FOODfiles™ Data.
You agree to fully indemnify us against all actions, claims, costs (including legal costs and expenses), losses and damages arising out of or in connection with your failure to comply with these terms of use or your use of or reliance upon the FOODfiles™ Data.
We will not be held liable for any damage, loss (including direct losses or consequential damages) costs or expenses of any kind which arise out of any use of the website, the website’s content, or any good or service supplied by us.
If you use our website or FOODfiles™ Data in trade, you now agree with us to contract out of the provisions of the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, to the maximum extent permitted by law.

Links to other Websites

We do not endorse any other website (or any organisation or person associated with such website) to which a link is provided on the website.


We will hold securely any personal information about you that we receive through the website. We will only use that information for our own business purposes or objectives. You may request access to and correction of any errors in that information from us.

Applicable Law

Your access to and use of the website and the information on the website are governed exclusively by New Zealand law.

Changes to Terms of Use

We reserve the right to amend these terms of use at any time. Your continued use of the website indicates your acceptance of the changes.


If you have a notice or questions about these terms of use contact . Please include “foodcomposition.co.nz” in the subject line.