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2021 Annual Report highlights a successful year

27 October 2021

2021 Annual Report Cover Esr
2021 Annual Report Cover Esr

ESR's successes for 2020/21 are captured in its latest Annual Report and include its role in the COVID-19 pandemic as well as applied science achievements which were delivered to keep communities healthy and safe. Our expert staff ensure the food New Zealand’s people eat and export is safe, by detecting the sources of livestock and food contamination, connecting with our partner agencies, and implementing plans of action protecting our communities.

For example, ESR is currently working with the poultry industry, MPI, and the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre to understand sources and potential interventions to reduce Campylobacter in the food chain.
New Zealand communities continue to be protected through our leadership role in supporting frontline policing and the justice investigation processes. ESR and the New Zealand Police concluded the pilot of Lumi Drug Scan, a mobile drug-testing device, which received positive feedback from frontline policing. Over the next year, we will work with New Zealand Police to consider options to implement Lumi and further develop its data science and machine learning capabilities.

You can read more about ESR's achievements here.