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Complementary Medicines / “Dietary Supplements”:

TGA Publishes Online Catalogue of Permitted Ingredients for Use in Listed Medicines

The TGA is pleased to announce that an online catalogue of ingredients approved for use in listed medicines has been finalised and is now available. Listed medicines can only contain certain low risk ingredients in acceptable amounts that are approved by the TGA. The ingredients available for use in listed medicines and requirements associated with their use are specified in the Permissible Ingredients Determination.   Source: Permiited ingredients

TGA – CMA Bilateral MeetingThe Therapeutic Goods Administration bilateral meeting with Complementary Medicines Australia was held on Friday 24 February. The annual bilateral meeting is a chance for industry associations to meet with TGA executives to discuss the business performance and financials of the previous year, the budget forecast and proposed increases to fees and charges. This meeting also provides a chance for CMA to provide an industry update on its strategic outlook, achievements and issues. A summary of the main updates is provided here:   TGA - CMA meeting

 

TGA Safety Advisories -

Australia Kangaroo Essence Tablets; & Africa Black Ant capsules; & Nangen Zengzhangsu capsules - The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has tested these products and found that the tablets and capsules contain the undeclared substance sildenafil (active in Viagra)   Sources: Jump! & Bite! & Rise!

Counterfeit Tadalafil 100mg Tablets - The TGA has tested a product labelled Tadalafil 100mg tablets and found that the tablets contain trace amounts of the undeclared substances sildenafil (active in Cialis) and dipyrone (an analgesic, no longer sold in Australia due to links to a rare but sometimes fatal condition called agranulocytosis.   Source: Fake Cialis

Placebo Tablets - The TGA has tested a product labelled Placebo and found that the tablets contain the undeclared substance clenbuterol (bronchodilator).   Source: Fake Placebo

Change Me Herbal Slimming capsules; & Ultimate & Herbal Slim Weight Loss Capsules; & Lose Weight Capsules - The TGA has tested these products and found that they contain the undeclared substance sibutramine (active ingredient in Reductil, that was withdrawn in October 2010 after a study showed an increased risk of major cardiac events).   Sources: Slim chance & Fat chance & Lose it caps

TGA Releases Medical Devices Safety Update

Health facilities may have justifiable reasons for not following advice given by a medical device sponsor during a product recall, but it is important to document the risk assessment leading up to the decision. A facility declining to implement a recall should complete a well-reasoned risk assessment that is endorsed by the appropriate executive within the facility and stored for future reference. Suppliers may be surprised to learn that some topical creams are classed as medical devices, while others are classed as medicines. According to the Australian medical devices guidance document number 35 'emollient and moisturising preparations, formulated and presented for therapeutic use' are classed as medicines, whereas 'uncompounded emollients, moisturisers presented for therapeutic use' are classed as medical devices. The essential difference is that those topical creams classed as devices achieve their intended action in ways that do not primarily rely on 'pharmacological, immunological or metabolic means'.   Source: Medical device’s

New Zealand Expert Fears Health Product Causes 'Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions'

An Auckland specialist is convinced an over-the-counter health product (herbal ingredient – andrographis) is causing "life threatening allergic reactions" - and her fears have been backed by Medsafe. She skin-tested one patient to determine whether the herb had caused their anaphylactic reaction, but it came up negative. "But that doesn't exclude that it was the ingredient they reacted to - skin testing doesn't exclude a clinically significant allergy. "She reported the drug reactions to New Zealand's Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring.   Source: Nicole Barratt, NZ Herald Herb reaction

Read the NPNZ response to the Andrgraphis allergy story here: NPNZ reaction

 

Foods:

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: https://www.nrv.gov.au/

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

 

Cosmetics:

Australia’s Department of Health Seeks to Ban Cosmetic Testing on Animals

During the 2016 Federal Election campaign, the Australian Government committed to introduce a ban on animal testing of cosmetic products. Following a series of stakeholder workshops, the Department released an online survey and background paper, which sought to provide an open opportunity for the general public and stakeholders to continue to engage in the consultation process. This survey closed on 16 December 2016. The second stage of face to face stakeholder workshops will commence in early March in Melbourne and Sydney.   Source: Cosmetics on animals

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Marketing News:

Can the Blockchain be the Ultimate Guarantor of Supply Chain Accuracy?

Frank Yiannas has spent years looking in vain for a better way to track lettuce, steaks and snack cakes from farm and factory to the shelves of Wal-Mart, where he is the vice president for food safety. When the company dealt with salmonella outbreaks, it often took weeks to trace where the bad ingredients came from. Then, last year, IBM executives flew to Wal-Mart's headquarters in Arkansas to propose a solution: the blockchain.  At its heart, blockchain simply refers to a bookkeeping method that "chains" together entries so that they are very difficult to modify later. It provides a way for large groups of unrelated companies to jointly keep a secure and reliable record of their transactions.   Source: Nathaniel Popper & Steve Lohr, SMH  Blockchain accounting

 

Beers and bibles: How Coopers Created Their Own PR Disaster

The danger with a company making a political statement is that customers tend to take it seriously. South Australian brewer Coopers is owned by the Coopers family, who have been long time donors to the Bible Society along with other religious and conservative groups. It was not long before there was a massive social media backlash about Coopers' involvement in sponsoring a religious organisation to make an explicitly political point about marriage equality – a hot topic in Australia these days. When Coopers chose to sponsor a political act by a religious organisation then they forced their customers to make a choice. They could tacitly support their position by continuing to drink their product, or they could take Coopers at their word, respect their clear position on an issue that affects LGBTIQ Australians, and choose to drink something else from here on in. Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences, even for breweries.   Source: Andrew P. Street, SMH Marketing fail

Quote for the month:

“The secret of crisis management is not good Vs bad; it’s preventing the bad from getting worse”   Andy Gilman 

 

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