Raw Potential? New Zealand Opens Raw Milk Regulations Review for Consultation

The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has launched an online survey seeking public consultation on the efficacy of current regulations surrounding raw milk.   Source (Copyright): Pearly Neo, Food Navigator-Asia  NZ raw milk

Formulated Supplementary Sports Food Ingredient Restrictions Have Been Updated

As reported in the February 2019 edition of this newsletter under the story heading “Importers of Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods Receive Warning”, some formulated supplementary sports foods currently being imported are not compliant with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) and may pose a risk to human health. As an update to this story, importers of Supplementary Sports Foods are now advised that 1,4-dimethylpentylamine (DMPA) and Phenpromethamine have been added to the list of substances considered to pose a risk to human health, when found present as an ingredient in formulated supplementary sports foods.   Source: SSF ingredient update

FSANZ Invitation to Have Your Say on Australia’s Food Safety Management Standards

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released an information paper on its proposed approach to a review of food safety standards in the Food Standards Code. The review will focus on the requirements for food safety management in the food service sector and closely related retail sectors, and potential development of a primary production and processing standard for high-risk horticulture products to introduce requirements to manage food safety on-farm, including requirements for traceability.  FSANZ has extended the deadline which is now 14 June 2019.    Source: Food safety review

FSANZ Calls for Comment on Minimum Protein in Follow-On Formula

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to reduce the minimum protein requirement for milk-based follow-on formula in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code). Follow-on formula is suitable for infants aged 6 to less than 12 months and is intended to be consumed with complementary food, not as a sole source of nutrition.   Source: Follow-on formula

FSANZ Launches 3rd Biennial Stakeholder Survey

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the stakeholder survey measures satisfaction with FSANZ’s performance and explores understanding of FSANZ’s role in the food regulation system. “As always we are seeking responses from all our stakeholders but we are particularly keen this year to expand our reach to small and medium-sized food businesses,” Mr Booth said. “Our stakeholders play an extremely important role in the development of food standards and in other work FSANZ undertakes, so it’s important for us to know how they think we are performing in our key role of developing food standards.”    Source: FSANZ survey

FSANZ Notifications—

Application A1102 – L-carnitine in Food: ​The purpose of this Application is to permit the sale of L-carnitine in a variety of food categories   Source: L-carnitine in food 

Application A1168–Glucoamylase from GM Aspergillus niger as a Processing Aid: The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of glucoamylase produced from a genetically modified strain of Aspergillus niger as a Processing Aid.   Source: Aspergillus enzyme

Application A1176 – Enzymatic production of Steviol Glycosides: The purpose of this Application is to seek approval for a new specification for steviol glycosides produced by an enzymatic bioconversion method using enzymes derived from genetically modified strains of Escherichia coli    Source: E. coli enzyme 

Proposal M1016 – Maximum Residue Limits (2018) : 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 revision

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