FSANZ Calls for Call on a New Type of Glazing Agent for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comment on an Application to extend the use of an already approved additive as a glazing agent for fruit and vegetables.   Source: Glazing agent

Dept. Agriculture Announces Changes to the Inspection and Testing of some Imported Food

Food Standards Australia New Zealand provides advice on whether imported ​foods present a potential medium or high risk to public health. This advice is then used to classify food in the Imported Food Control Order and apply an appropriate inspection and testing regime through the Imported Food Inspection Scheme. This announcement is to advise importers and brokers that amendments to the Imported Food Control Order 2019 will change the way that some imported foods are inspected and tested.    Source: Food tests and inspection

Pure- and High-Caffeine Ban in Oceania Will Stay Despite New Public Review

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has confirmed that the existing ban implemented on pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products will not be removed even with a new proposal underway to assess caffeine governance in the food supply.    Source: (Copyright) Pearly Neo, FoodNavigator-Asia High dose caffeine

Failing Food Reports – July 2020

These latest reports detail food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month of July. Among the usual pathogens detected in these imported foods are such organisms as Salmonella (found in Indian chili powder), Listeria monocytogenes  (found in Polish smoked salmon, Portuguese cheese, and Chinese cooked crawfish tails), and assorted toxins such as Hydrocyanic Acid (found in Indian tapioca chips), histamine (found in many varying dried seafoods), and the illegal addition of vitamins to many foods including Japanese cocoa powder, Italian cornflakes and Korean snack foods.      Source: Food fails July 2020  

FSANZ Notifications –

Applications A1184, A1185 – Glucoamylase from GM Aspergillus niger (enzyme).    Source: GM enzyme 1 ; GM enzyme 2 

Application A1192 – Food derived from herbicide-tolerant corn line MON87429.   Source: Glyphosate tolerance

Application A1194 – Glucoamylase from GM Trichoderma reesei as PA (enzyme).   Source: GM enzyme 4 

Application A1195 – Alpha-amylase as a processing aid (enzyme).   Source: Alcohol enzyme

Application A1196 – Food derived from nematode-protected and herbicide-tolerant soybean GMB151.   Source: Herbicide tolerance

Application A1199 – Food derived from Innate potato lines V11 & Z6.    Source: GM potato

Application A1210 - Maltogenic alpha amylase enzyme from GM Saccharomyces cerevisiae.   Source: GM enzyme 3


RFA Breaking News

Cosmetics, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Melbourne e-commerce business fined $13k for unauthorised imports. Investigators from AICIS have fined a Melbourne e-commerce order fulfilment business more than $13,000 for allegedly importing industrial chemicals without the required…



Review of import policy for mushrooms an trifles. The review will consider permitted and prohibited species, country of origin differences, target and hitchhiker pests, substrates approved for use, sterilisation requirements;…


Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

TGA Website Redevelopment. The TGA is “modernising” its website. Some links will change, and some old pages removed. The TGA is presenting a webinar on 7th and 12th July. To…


Cosmetic, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Useful resources for labelling of products Label your products.    Source: business.gov.au Labelling, SDS and packaging.    Source: Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) Cosmetic labelling.    Source: ACCC Product Safety Australia  …



Research into vitamin D levels in the population A number of FSANZ staff recently contributed to a journal article investigating vitamin D in Australian diets. This study showed that vitamin…


Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

Advertising - testimonials and endorsements. This is a new TGA guidance document that explains the difference between testimonials and endorsements, and which types of each are permitted. For example, testimonials:…


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