Lupin Allergen Declaration Now Mandatory

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reminding food businesses that mandatory allergen labelling requirements for lupin began on 26 May 2018. FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said in a press release lupin is a legume which belongs to the same plant family as peanuts, and has the potential to be an allergen. “In Australia, lupin has not typically been used in food, however, due to its high protein and fibre content we are seeing an increase in its use,” Booth said. “In 2017, lupin was added to the list of allergens that must be declared on food labels. Food businesses were given 12 months to meet these requirements. Any foods that contain lupin must declare it on the label from 26 May 2018 – even if it’s already on the shelf. Correct allergen labelling can mean the difference between life and death for people with food allergies so it is vital that food businesses get it right.’ Booth continued. “Even if the food is not in a package (for example, food prepared at and sold from a takeaway shop), allergen information must be displayed in connection with the food or provided to the purchaser if requested” he said.   Source: AusFoodNews Lupin allergy

Stakeholder Roundtable Trial Evaluation Report

The Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC) undertook an evaluation of the FRSC Stakeholder Trial Roundtables held between late 2017 and early 2018. In May 2018 FRSC accepted all of the recommendations and the report is now available on the Food Regulation website.   Source: Food roundtable report

Country of Origin Food Labelling Surveillance to Commence

After 1 July 2018, Australian consumers will have much greater certainty about the origins of the food they buy, due to the introduction of mandatory Country of Origin food labelling. The Australian Consumer & Competition Commission (ACCC) will conduct market surveillance checks on 10,000 food products to ensure businesses are correctly displaying the new labels. All businesses–including manufacturers, processors and importers that offer food for retail sale in Australia–will need to comply with the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard, which specifies how claims can be made about the origin of food products. The new requirements will apply to most food offered for retail sale in Australia, including food sold in stores or markets, online or from a vending machine. It does however exclude food sold in restaurants, cafes, take-away shops or schools.   Source: CoOL food

Jenny Craig Pays Penalty for “10kg for $10” Ads

Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centres Pty Ltd (Jenny Craig) has paid $37,800 in penalties following the ACCC issuing three infringement notices for alleged false or misleading representations in breach of the Australian Consumer Law. From December 2017 to February 2018, Jenny Craig represented in television advertisements people could lose up to 10kg of weight for a $10 program fee, without adequately disclosing customers also had to purchase food at an additional cost. Jenny Craig also failed to disclose that a person featured in an online testimonial video for its services was a Jenny Craig employee. In addition, Jenny Craig’s standard form membership agreement represented that customers’ refund rights in relation to faulty products required the customer to notify Jenny Craig within three days and return faulty products within 10 business days in their original packaging.   Source: Jenny Craig loss

ACCC Targets Misleading Organic Claims

Dreamz Pty Ltd, trading as GAIA Skin Naturals (GAIA), has paid $37,800 in penalties for alleged false or misleading representations after the ACCC issued three infringement notices. GAIA described its Natural Baby Bath & Body Wash, Baby Shampoo and Baby Moisturiser as “Pure ★ Natural ★ Organic”. However, these products contain two synthetic chemical preservatives: sodium hydroxyl methyl glycinate and phenoxyethanol. “Businesses making organic claims must be able to substantiate those claims. GAIA’s claims may have misled consumers into thinking these products are free from synthetic chemicals when they are not,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.   Source:  Pure natural organic not

FSANZ Notifications—

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: Ag/Vet MRLs

Application A1137 – Polysorbate 20 as a Food Additive. The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of polysorbate 20 as an emulsifier.   Source: Polysorbate emulsifier

Application A1144 – Re-categorising Coconut Milk for Food Additive Permissions. The purpose of the Application is to consider whether the food category for food additive permissions for coconut milk products is more appropriate under fruits, rather than beverages   Source:  Coconut category

Application A1151–Beta-Galactosidase from Papiliotrema terrestris as a Processing Aid (Enzyme). The purpose of the Application is to include ß-Galactosidase from Papiliotrema terrestris as a Processing Aid.   Source: Papiliotrema enzyme

Application A1153 – Endo xylanase from T. reesei as a Processing Aid. The purpose of the Application is to include a genetically modified strain of Trichoderma reesei as a permitted source for Endo-1,4 (3) - ß -xylanase (E.C.3.2.1.8).   Source: Trichoderma enzyme 1

Application A1154 – Food derived from insect-protected cotton line MON88702. The purpose of the Application is to seek approval for food derived from a genetically-modified insect-protected cotton line, MON88702   Source: GM cotton food

Application A1156 – Food derived from Super High Oleic Safflower Lines 26 and 40. The purpose of this Application is to seek approval for food derived from SHO safflower lines 26 and 40, genetically modified to produce high levels of oleic acid in the seed.   Source: GM safflower

Application A1163 - Food Irradiation definition of herbs and spices. The purpose of this Application is to vary Food Standard 1.5.3 Irradiation of Food to remove the reference to Schedule 22 in relation to the definition of Herbs and Spices.   Source: Food irradiation

Application A1164 – Pullulanase from a recombinant strain of Bacillus licheniformis as a processing aid (Enzyme). The purpose of this Application is to seek approval to permit the use of the enzyme Triacylglycerol lipase from Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid in the manufacturing of cereal-based products.   Source: Trichoderma enzyme 2

9% of 'Gluten-Free' Dishes In Melbourne Restaurants Do Contain Gluten

The findings, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, found that of 158 samples of “gluten-free” dishes from 127 randomly selected restaurants within the city of Melbourne council, 9% contained detectable gluten and were not compliant with the Food Standards Australia New Zealand definition of gluten free. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder, not a food intolerance or allergy. It causes the immune system to attack the bowel after the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in grains such as wheat, spelt and barley. The only way to treat coeliac disease and avoid serious complications is to adhere to a lifelong, strict, gluten-free diet.   Source: The Guardian Gluten study

 

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