Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) Communiqué

The outcomes from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation meeting held on 27 November 2020 have been released. This included approval of Application A1155 – to permit the voluntary addition of oligosaccharides 2’0-fucosylactose (2’FL) and Lacto-N-neotetraose (LNnT) to infant formula products in Australia and New Zealand.    Source: Ministerial Forum Outcomes

 

Australia Food Safety Week

Held from 14 to 21 November 2020 with a theme ‘Food Safety – it’s in your hands’ this year, the focusing was on reducing the amount of foodborne disease. Four key tips to reduce foodborne illness:

  • CLEAN: Wash your hands before, during and after food preparation, and before eating. Wash your cutting boards, utensils and countertops too.
  • SEPARATE: Keep raw food (especially raw meats) separate from cooked and ready-to-eat food.
  • COOK: Cook foods thoroughly, especially chicken and minced meat products.
  • CHILL: Foods that should be kept cold should be kept cold.

Source: Food Safety Week

 

Failing Food Reports October 2020

These latest reports detail food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month of October. Among the usual pathogens detected in these imported foods are such organisms E.coli (found in Indonesian and Vietnamese clam), salmonella (Indian chilli powder) and assorted toxins such as histamine (found in dried shaved bonito from Japan), and the illegal addition of vitamins to foods (in beverages from India).    Source: Dept Agriculture

 

FSANZ Notifications and amendments

Application 1193 - Irradiation as a phytosanitary measure for all fresh fruit and vegetables:  to extend the option of phytosanitary irradiation to all types of fresh fruits and vegetables.    Source: Application A1214

Application 1204 - Beta-amylase from soybean (Glycine max) as a processing aid (enzyme): to permit the use of beta-amylase sourced from soybean (Glycine max) as a processing aid (enzyme) in starch processing for maltose syrup production. Submissions close

Application 1207 - Rebaudioside M as a Steviol Glycoside from Saccharomyces cerevisiae: to permit the use of the steviol glycoside, Rebaudioside M, produced by fermentation from a GM Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae), expressing steviol glycoside biosynthesis pathway genes, as a general purpose sweetening agent.

Application 1212 – Beta-fructofuranosidase enzyme from Aspergillus fijiensis: To permit a new source microorganism, Aspergillus Fijiensis, being an updated name of Aspergillus niger, for the permitted enzyme beta-fructofuranosidase

Application 1214 – Nicotinamide riboside chloride as Vitamin BS in FSMP: 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).

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.

Application 1175 – Rapeseed protein isolate as a novel food

Application 1180 – Natural Glycolipids as a preservative in non-alcoholic beverages

Application 1186 – Soy Leghemoglobin in meat analogue products

Application 1198 – Food derived from enhanced yield & glufosinate-tolerant corn line DP202216

Proposal 1044 – Plain English Allergen Labelling

Proposal 1054 – Pure and highly concentrated caffeine products (Amendment Report)

Application 1192 - Food derived from herbicide-tolerant corn line MON87429

Application 1194 - Glucoamylase from GM Trichoderma reesei as a PA (enzyme)

Application 1195 - Alpha-amylase from GM Trichoderma reesei as a PA (enzyme)

Application 1196 - Food derived from nematode-protected and herbicide-tolerant soybean line GMB151

Application 1199 – Food Derived from Innate potato lines V11 and Z6

Source: various releases posted on FSANZ website

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