The Regulatory Rules for Hemp as a Food in Australia

Following a lengthy review process by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the Australia New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation in March 2017 gave its approval to FSANZ to amend the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code on the use of hemp in food products in Australia. The approval of hemp in food is not directly related to separate approvals by some Australian State and Territory laws for medicinal cannabis. This article explains the regulatory position.    Source: Joe Lederman, Food Legal Hemp as food

Interested in Australia’s Food Regulatory System?

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking academics with a strong interest in food-related consumer and public health issues to be appointed to the Consumer and Public Health Dialogue (CPHD). If you are currently working in academia in public health nutrition, consumer behaviour or social science, health policy or a related discipline and have a keen interest in the issues and challenges for the food regulatory system, you might like to follow this link: Food dialogue

NSW Food Authority Food Labelling Website

This website helps you find the information you need to understand what a food label is telling you, to help you manage your food choices. If you are a food business, you’ll find information about what you need to include on a food label.    Source: Food labelling

Businesses Urged: Use Your Noodle When It Comes To Food Safety

A Sydney noodle manufacturer has been fined a total of $27,000 and ordered to pay professional costs of $9,000 after he pleaded guilty in the Downing Centre Local Court to thirteen charges relating to failures in hygiene, construction failures and harbouring pests on food premises.    Source: Noodles are off

NSW Food Authority Recalls:

Kids yoghurt pouches  Parmalat Australia has recalled yoghurt pouches due to a packaging fault resulting in a potential choking hazard.    Source: Yoghurt choke

Bean paste A South Korean seasoned garlic and sesame bean paste product (Chung Jung One) is being recalled because of the presence of undeclared peanut.    Source: Bean paste

COYO Sea Salted Caramel Coconut Milk Ice Cream Alternative COYO Corporate Pty Ltd has recalled COYO Sea Salted Caramel Coconut Milk Ice Cream Alternatives due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (gluten).    Source: Alt-Ice Cream

FSANZ Notifications:

Application A1149 – Addition of Steviol Glycosides in Fruit Drinks The purpose of the Application is to seek approval to amend Schedule 15 relating to Standard 1.3.1 of the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code to include the addition of steviol glycosides in Fruit Drinks at a level of 200 mg/kg steviol equivalents.    Source: Steviol 1

Application A1127 – Processing Aids for Wine The purpose of this Application is to seek permission for the use of four processing aids, silver chloride, ammonium bisulphite, chitin-glucan and PVI/PVP as processing aids for wine.    Source: Wine aids

Proposal A1150 – Glucosylated Steviol Glycosides The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of glucosylated steviol glycosides as an intense sweetener in various foods.    Source: Steviol 2

Proposal M1015 – Maximum Residue Limits (2017) The purpose of this proposal is to consider varying certain maximum residue limits (MRLs) for residues of specified agricultural and veterinary chemicals that may occur in food commodities. Source: MRL 2017

Proposal P1046 – L-amino acid acetate in Food for Special Medical Purposes The purpose of this proposal is to remove a negative impact on trade to enable sale of a food for special medical purposes (FSMP) by permitting acetate forms of L-amino acids.    Source: Amino acetate

Call for submissions on genetically modified rice application FSANZ has called for submissions on an application to permit a genetically modified rice line that produces a form of provitamin A.     Source: Mod rice

Consultation paper on infant formula products for special dietary use FSANZ has released a consultation paper on infant formula products for special dietary use. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mr Mark Booth said the paper was the next stage of a proposal looking at revising and clarifying standards relating to infant formula.    Source: Infant formula

Consultation paper released on beta-glucan and blood cholesterol health claims FSANZ has released a consultation paper about beta-glucan and blood cholesterol health claims. The consultation paper follows a recent review by FSANZ of the food-health relationships between beta-glucan, oats and barley and blood cholesterol. The review found that a food-health relationship between oats (not barley) and blood cholesterol is substantiated, not the current pre-approved relationship for a high level health claim between beta-glucan and blood cholesterol.   Source: Beta-glucans

Editor’s note: Submissions for all three consultations close at 6pm (Canberra time) 14 September 2017. 


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