Darrell Lea Removes Controversial Palm Oil Ingredient from Chocolate

The iconic Australian chocolate brand will change the ingredients for over 100 of its products – and is now calling on other companies to do the same. Darrell Lea will change more than 100 of its products to remove palm oil, citing the “major devastation” the controversial ingredient causes. Darrell Lea’s marketing director Tim Stanford said the company had listened to feedback from customers and “wanted to do the right thing”. “There is no doubt that palm oil production causes major devastation to rainforests and endangered animals, such as the orangutan,” he said.    Source: Hannah Paine, News.com.au Palm oil dropped

Changes to Tests Applied to Surveillance Food

The tests applied to surveillance foods change periodically so that compliance against different standards is monitored over time. These changes take into account the results of testing conducted and new or updated risk advice from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). Removing lead and tin testing from preserved and canned fruit and vegetables has allowed other foods to be targeted for compliance. Testing of fresh and frozen vegetables for lead is being introduced because vegetables are considered an important contributor to lead dietary exposure. The department will verify imported vegetables are compliant with the limits of lead in the Food Standards Code. Date of effect: 7 September 2020.  Source: Changes to FSC

Pregnancy Warning Labels on Alcoholic Beverages

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has announced the start of a three-year transition period for mandatory pregnancy warning labels on alcohol. FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said that the new requirements are now in effect following gazettal in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code). “Following a request for review, Minister's responsible for food regulation have agreed to a revised warning label and an extended transition period for industry from two years to three years”.   Source: Pregnancy and alcohol warning label    (Please see also: Downloadable warning labels )

Imported Food Inspection Scheme Data Annual Report (2019) Focuses on Label Non-Compliance

From 1 January to 31 December 2019, the compliance rate for all food inspected under the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS) was 98.4%. During this period: 22,635 entries of imported food were referred for inspection or analysis and 132,002 tests (including label and visual checks) were conducted. Non-compliant labelling accounted for most non-compliance (74.1%). There were two main reasons for label non-compliance: 37% of labels lacked or listed either incomplete or incorrect nutritional details, and, 27.8% of labels did not comply with country of origin requirements. A lack of importer details and having a non-compliant ingredient list were the next main reasons for label non-compliance (12.4% and 10.2%, respectively).    Source: Food inspection data

FSANZ Notifications –

Application A1175 – Rapeseed protein isolate as a novel food:   Source: Rapeseed protein

Application A1180 – Natural Glycolipids as a preservative in non-alcoholic beverages: ​​The purpose of this application is to permit the use of long-chain glycolipids from Dacryopinax spathularia (Natural Glycolipids) as a preservative in non-alcoholic beverages.    Source: Glycolipid preservative

Application A1186 – Soy Leghemoglobin in meat analogue products: The purpose of the application is to allow the use of soy leghemoglobin derived from P.pastoris as a component in meat analogue products.   Source: Vego meat

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: Processing aid

Application A1198 – Food derived from enhanced yield & herbicide-tolerant corn line DP202216: ​The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of corn (maize) line DP202216 as a new food produced using gene technology. The line has enhanced yield potential and glufosinate-tolerance.    Source: GM corn

Application A1206 - Subtilisin from GM Bacillus licheniformis as a processing aid (enzyme): The purpose of this application is to permit the use of subtilisin from a genetically modified strain of Bacillus licheniformis containing the subtilisin gene from Pyrococcus furiosus, as a processing aid in the production of potable alcohol.   Source: GM enzyme

Application A1207 - Rebaudioside M as a Steviol Glycoside from Saccharomyces cerevisiae: The purpose of this application is to permit the use of the steviol glycoside, Rebaudioside M, that is produced by fermentation from a genetically modified Saccharomyces cerevisiae, expressing steviol glycoside biosynthesis pathway genes, as a general purpose sweetening agent.   Source: GM sweetener

Proposal P1054 – Pure and highly concentrated caffeine products: Urgent Proposal P1054 to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products.    Source: Concentrated caffeine

Proposal M1018 - Maximum Residue Limits 2020: 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: MRLs 2020


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