Soft Drinks and Junk Foods Forced to Ditch 'Misleading' Energy Labels

Soft drink and junk food manufacturers will be forced to remove "misleading" energy icons from labels, in a move welcomed by public health advocates as a step forward in fighting Australia's obesity epidemic. A majority of state and federal ministers agreed the energy icon displayed on confectionery products and sugary drinks instead of the health star rating was "making it difficult for consumers to compare like products" and its use should be discontinued. Manufacturers will have two years to remove energy icons from their products.    Source: Dana McCauley, SMH Energy icon dropped

FSANZ Review of Food Derived Using New Breeding Techniques

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand is reviewing the Food Standards Code as it applies to food derived using new breeding techniques (NBTs). A consultation paper was issued in February 2018. The final report was released in December 2019 with three recommendations: to revise and modernise the definitions in the Code; to ensure that NBT foods are regulated in a manner that is commensurate with the risk they pose; and, to ensure there is open communication and active engagement with all interested parties and also explore ways to raise awareness about GM and NBT foods.    Source: GM & NBT food review

Food Allergen Portal

Food allergies can be life threatening. For people who have a food allergy the only way to manage the allergy is to avoid the food allergen. For these reasons there are laws in place, for example mandatory labelling to help people who have a food allergy avoid food allergens. This food allergen portal was created by the Allergen Collaboration to provide different sectors in the community with links to best practice food allergen resources and key messages to promote in the different sectors.    Source: Food allergen portal

Food Recalls – Is Your Business Prepared?

If you’re a food business, you should have a written plan in place to manage a potential product recall. It’s a legal requirement and the responsibility of all food businesses to ensure their recall plan is up to date. The start of the year is the perfect time to review and update your plan. Remember - it should cover the procedures, records and staff responsibilities that are in place for a food recall. A Food Recall Template is available at Food recall

End of 2019 Failing Food Reports

These latest reports detail food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the months of November and December. Among the usual pathogenic organisms detected in these imported foods are such organisms as Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli and assorted toxins such as histamine, aflatoxin and others.  Of particular note are the number of foods ‘failing’ due to the illegal presence of added vitamins and or minerals as well as a formulated supplementary sports food that contains synephrine.   Source: November 2019 food fails  ; December 2019 food fails

FSANZ Calls for Comment on Soy Leghemoglobin Permission

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comment on an application by Impossible Foods Inc. to permit soy leghemoglobin in meat analogue products that is produced using a genetically modified strain of yeast. Soy leghemoglobin is a protein naturally present in the roots of soybean plants that is not currently consumed in the diets of Australians and New Zealanders. The applicant uses an original method of production where the genetically modified yeast is fermented to express soy leghemoglobin.    Source: GM soy protein

FSANZ Notifications—

Proposal P1044 – Plain English Allergen Labelling: The purpose of this proposal is to make allergen labelling requirements clearer and more consistent, to help food allergen-sensitive consumers and food businesses.    Source: Allergen labelling

Proposal P1054 – Pure and highly concentrated caffeine products: This urgent Proposal was prepared to amend the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products.   Source: Caffeine ban

Application A1193 – Irradiation as a phytosanitary measure in food: The purpose of the Application is to extend the option of phytosanitary irradiation to all types of fresh fruits and vegetables.    Source: Food irradiation

Application A1194 – Glucoamylase from GM Trichoderma reesei as PA (Enzyme): The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of glucoamylase sourced from GM Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid.   Source: GM enzyme

Application A1195 – Alpha-amylase as a processing aid (enzyme): The purpose of the application is to permit the use of Alpha-amylase as a processing aid in brewed beverages and potable alcohol production.   Source: Brewing enzyme

Application A1199 – Food derived from Innate potato lines V11 & Z6: The purpose of this Application is to seek approval for food derived from genetically modified potato lines V11 & Z6, which have lower reducing sugars, low acrylamide potential, reduced browning (black spot) and late blight protection.    Source: GM spuds

 

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