Titanium Dioxide Food Additive Under Review, After Study Finds Cancer Links

Titanium dioxide or E171 is used by the food industry to whiten and brighten food and other consumer products, such as sunscreen and cosmetics. Exposure to nanoparticles of titanium dioxide and other additives has previously been shown to interfere with the immune system and cause cell damage, however such impacts remain under debate. But a study by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, recently published in the journal Nature, has shown for the first time that titanium dioxide nanoparticles are absorbed by the intestine and passed into the bloodstream of animals after oral exposure.   Source: Lucy Cormack, SMH titanium dioxide

Department of Agriculture Updates Date Marking and Other Labelling Requirements for Imported Food

The purpose of this notice is to provide detail to importers about some of the labelling non-compliances that are regularly identified by the department regarding imported food. The department conducts a label assessment on all food products that are referred for inspection under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS). Of all the noncompliance detected under the IFIS, food product labelling amounts to over 75 per cent of all failures!   Source: Imported food labelling

FSANZ Notifications -

Application A1140 – Food derived from Herbicide-tolerant Canola Line MS11

The purpose of the Application is to seek approval for food derived from herbicide-tolerant, male-sterile canola line MS11, genetically modified to provide tolerance to the herbicide glufosinate-ammonium.   Source: Canola roundup

Application A1090 – Voluntary Addition of Vitamin D to Breakfast Cereal

The purpose of this Application is to permit the voluntary addition of vitamin D to breakfast cereal.    Source: Vit D cereals

Application A1113 – Extension of Use of Propionates in Processed Meat

The purpose of the Application is to request the extension of use of propionates as anti-microbial preservatives in processed meat products.  SourceProceessed meats

Application A1115 – Irradiation of Blueberries & Raspberries

The purpose of the Application is to seek permission to irradiate blueberries and raspberries for phytosanitary purposes against fruit flies and other critical plant pests.   SourceBerry irradiation

Proposal P1044– Plain English Allergen Labelling

The purpose of the Proposal is to standardise the use of plain English terminology for allergen declarations on food labels.  SourceFood labelling

NSW Food Recalls -

Coles Beetroot Dip - Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd has recalled Coles beetroot dip from Coles stores due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (sesame).  Source :Dip recall

George Weston Foods (assorted garlic bread) - George Weston Foods has recalled assorted garlic breads due to the presence of foreign matter (plastic pieces).   Source: Garlic bread

Picky Picky Peanuts Mexican Salsa Peanuts - Peanut Company of Australia Limited has recalled Picky Picky Peanuts Mexican Salsa Peanuts due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (milk).   Source: Peanuts

Target Cookie Mix in Mason Jars -Target Australia Pty Ltd has recalled Christmas Sprinkles Cookie Mix with a Mason Jar and Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix with a Mason Jar due to foreign matter (insect) contamination.   SourceTarget cookies

Edible Insect Industry Group Set Up to Support Southeast Asia

For those suppliers of food products always looking for the next new thing sometimes it pays to think out of the box and then link up with like minds in order for a fad to go globally viral. In the last few years, dozens of edible insect start-ups have popped up in western countries to supply a new wave of interest in bugs as food. This market is now in need of regulation, promotion and support.   Source: Massimo Reverberi, Food Navigator – Asia Edible insects

Bega's Mondelēz Purchase Takes Vegemite Back Into Australian Hands

Vegemite will return to Australia after its American parent agreed to sell most of its regional grocery business, including the iconic yeast spread, to Bega Cheese.   Source:  BRJ Whitehead, Food Navigator-Asia Vegemite

RFA Breaking News

Complementary medicines ("Dietary supplements"):

Reforms to the Regulatory Framework for Complementary Medicines In February 2017 the TGA announced a public consultation, ‘Consultation: Reforms to the regulatory framework for complementary medicines: Assessment pathways’. A total…

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Foods:

NSW Food Authority Name and Shame Serves Up Nine Years of Food Safety The NSW Food Authority’s 'Name and Shame' register reaches another important milestone this month, chalking up nine years of…

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Cosmetics & Household Chemicals

Dishwasher Tablets: Campaign to Eradicate Products that aren't Squeaky Clean In a move to protect Australia's waterways and wildlife from algal blooms, the environment pressure group DoSomething today launches a…

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Marketing News:

Probiotics in China — ‘The market is set to explode’ The probiotics sector is forecast to soar by 23% in China to 2020 and even greater long-term growth beckons if…

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Complementary medicines:

TGA Results Confirm Effectiveness After Sunscreen Testing In response to reported concerns during the past Australian summer that sunscreens were failing to provide adequate sun protection, the TGA undertook laboratory…

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Foods:

CHOICE Makes Weighty Argument to Leave Food Labelling Alone Consumer group CHOICE has turned its attention to the weight of your favourite supermarket items as the government initiates a review.…

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