Failing Food Reports – September 2020

These latest reports detail food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month of September. Among the usual pathogens detected in these imported foods are such organisms as E.coli (found in Indonesian and Vietnamese clam) and assorted toxins such as histamine (found in anchovies from the Philippines), and the illegal addition of vitamins to many foods (Vitamin B5 in shakes from the Netherlands). Numerous foods seized due to excessive amounts of caffeine.    Source: Food fails September 2020

 

FSANZ Notifications

Application A1214 – Nicotinamide riboside chloride as Vitamin BS in FSMP: Application to amend the Food Standards Code to permit the use of nicotinamide riboside chloride as a permitted form of Vitamin B3 in food for special medical purposes (FSMPs).    Source: Application A1214

Application A1215 – Cetylpyridinium chloride as washing processing aid: To request the addition of Cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) to Schedule 18 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.    Source: Application A1215

Application A1193 – Application to approve the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary measure for all types of fresh fruits and vegetables.   Source: Application A1193

Proposal P1051 – Code Revision (2020) - The purpose of this proposal is to make minor amendments to the Food Standards Code, including the correction of typographical errors, formatting issues and updating of references.    Source: Proposal P1051

Public Consultation

The consultation ‘Public Consultation – Consistency of food regulatory approaches’ is available through the Department of Health’s Consultation Hub.  Survey responses and submissions are due by midnight 18 December 2020. This is part of the plan to reform the Bi-national Food Regulation System and includes a comprehensive review of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 and the Intergovernmental Food Regulation Agreement.    Source: Modernisation of the food regulation system

 

TGA Declares Certain Products Presented as Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods to be Medicines

The Therapeutic Goods (Declared Goods) Amendment (Sports Supplements) Order 2020) (‘the Sports Supplement Declared Goods Order’) has been released.    Source: Federal Register of LegislationFrom 30 November certain sports supplements are regulated as therapeutic goods (medicines). Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment imported food notice to advise of requirements released here.

Konjac Restrictions

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment released a reminder imported food notice to advise that mini jelly cups containing konjac having a height or width of less than or equal to 45mm are banned for sale under the Australian Consumer Law within the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.    Source: Konjac imported food notice

 

Product Recall

Pete Evans Healthy Everyday Jamaican Simmer Sauce 330g has been recalled, as Thai Green Curry Sauce 330g has been labelled incorrectly as Jamaican Simmer Sauce 330g which has resulted in the presence of fish (an undeclared allergen).    Source: Food Recall

Made in Australia

Simplot Australia has amended the country of origin labelling on 31 frozen fish products, from ‘Made in Australia’ to ‘Packed in Australia’, following concerns raised by the ACCC. The fish were imported and not substantially transformed in Australia.    Source: ACCC news

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