USA and Australia Recognise Food Safety Systems as Comparable

Australia and the US have signed a bilateral food safety recognition agreement after five years of work.   Source: Joe Whitworth, Food Navigator-Asia OZ-USA Food Agreement

Australian & New Zealand Nutrient Reference Values Publication

The NRVs (Nutrient Reference Values) are a set of recommendations for nutritional intake based on currently available scientific knowledge. In this publication, there is an introduction to the Nutrient Reference Values and how they are determined; the full reference information for each nutrient detailing the recommended nutrient value; energy content of foods, as well as a very handy food calculator – enter your specific age and gender and it is possible to see a more focused list of recommendations for each nutrient.    Source:

Imported Food Reform

​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is strengthening Australia’s imported food safety system to better protect consumer health. The reform measures will also reduce the regulatory burden for compliant food importers while upholding Australia’s international obligations. Public consultation on the imported food reforms legislative changes is now open.   Source: Food imports

Department of Agriculture Releases Latest ‘Failing Food Report’

This report details food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month. The ‘failed food’ was not distributed for sale in Australia. It was destroyed by the importer or re-exported to the country of origin under department supervision. Where a product is found to be noncompliant because the label does not have the mandatory allergen declaration, the product must be destroyed, re-exported or re-labelled to include the mandatory declaration. Future consignments continue to be targeted at 100 per cent until a history of compliance is established. Typical causes for ‘food failure’ are Microbiological / Allergen contamination (mostly cheeses and sea-foods) such as Lysteria and Salmonella, and, Toxin / Chemical presence (processed foods and nuts) such as antibiotics, heavy metal and vitamin C.   Source:Failed foods

Perfetti Van Melle Fined For Dental Health Messages On Chewing Gum

Mentos maker Perfetti Van Melle must pay a €180,000 (AUD$255,000) fine for suggesting its chewing gum had equivalent dental health effects to brushing teeth.    Source: Oliver Nieburg Gum fine



FSANZ Notifications –

Application A1142Addition of Prescribed Method of Analysis for Resistant Starch. The purpose of the Application is to add a method of analysis for dietary fibre and other fibre content for specifically named fibre content of food (resistant starch).    Source: Food starch


NSW Food Authority Recalls –

Jinyuanbao Chinese Wonton -Jinyuanbao Investment Pty Ltd has recalled their own branded Pork Vegetable Wonton and Chicken Vegetable Wonton due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (wheat).   SourceWonton recall

Prawn Hargow Dumplings -  Tasman Foods International Pty Ltd has recalled Chan’s Yum Cha at home Seafood Prawn Hargow dumplings due to the presence of undeclared allergens (soy and egg).   SourceDumpling recall

Food Babies Love - Food Babies Love has recalled their Greek Lamb Casserole, Baby Bolognaise, Fish Pie varieties due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (wheat).   Source: Baby food recall

Bounce Apple Cinnamon Energy Ball -Natural High Co. Pty Ltd trading as Bounce Foods has recalled Bounce Apple Cinnamon Natural Energy Ball due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (dairy).   SourceEnergy snack bounced

Yummy Mini Tub Yoghurt Sultanas - Yummy Snack Foods has recalled their Yummy Mini Tub Yoghurt Sultanas due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (peanuts).   SourceYummy recall

Organix Finger Foods Baby Biscuits -Organix Finger Foods has recalled their assorted baby biscuits due to a potential choking hazard.   Source: Baby biscuit bounce

Roberts Confectionery Dark Chocolate Melting Buttons - Roberts Confectionery has recalled their Dark Chocolate Melting Buttons due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (milk)   Source: Melting buttons


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