The independent New Zealand 'Ministry for Food' proposed by a cross-party committee of MPs would have cost NZ$6.6m (US$2.9m), reveal papers issued under the Official Information Act. Instead, the Treasury preferred the agency to find a home within the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry (MAF), with the Health Ministry sharing some of the workload. This option costs just NZ$380-700,000, reported the Stuff newspaper.