Review of the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has received $2.5 million from the federal government to review the guidelines. The first step will be a scan of the latest nutrition science research and evidence. Source: NHMRC.
Advertising of “toddler milk”
The Victorian Health Department is calling for an end to aggressive marketing of toddler milk formulas, as new research reveals some products are up to four times more expensive than regular milk, but with more sugar and fewer key nutrients. Also, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) proposes to re-authorise a longstanding agreement by manufacturers to not promote infant formula, to protect rates of breastfeeding. There is concern the industry is trying to “work around” the restriction on infant formula advertising by promoting “toddler milk”. Source: VicHealth and ACCC
New Zealand man fined for biosecurity breaches
An Auckland businessman Sanjive Ramavtar Kapoor from Divine Logistics was sentenced after pleading guilty to three charges which included unauthorised opening of shipping containers and falsifying documents. Mr Kapoor redirected containers from Approved Transitional Facilities 22 times between 21 June 2018 and 31 January 2019. Mr Kapoor admitted to opening and unpacking 12 of these containers. He was fined NZ$30,000. Source: New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries.
Declaration of allergens on food labels – changes
There is a move to plain English labelling. There are some new allergens, “nuts” or “tree nuts” must now contain the names of these nuts, specific cereals must be listed by name rather than grouped together as “cereals” – and many other changes .Summary of work to date can be found here, here, and here. Source: FSANZ. Relevant legislation is here.
Failing food report for January 2021
This report lists food that has failed under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS) during January 2021. Table 1 shows results of tests on rick foods. Salmonella, E. coli, aflatoxin and histamine levels remain a problem. Table 2 lists other surveillance issues, including non-permitted additives. Source: Dept Agriculture.
Approvals and amendments to the Food Standards Code
A1204 – Beta-amylase from soybean (Glycine max) as a processing aid (enzyme)
P1051 – Code Revision (2020)
A1555 – 2’-FL and LNnT in infant formula and other products
A1175 – Rapeseed protein isolate as a novel food
A1180 – Natural Glycolipids as a preservative in non-alcoholic beverages
A1186 – Soy Leghaemoglobin in analogue meat
FSANZ has published a summary of food recalls over the last 10 years. The main reasons for recalls were microbial contamination, labelling, foreign matter, chemical/other contaminants, undeclared allergen, biotoxin and “other”. During 2020, there were 33 recalls due to undeclared allergens. FSANZ Sources: recalls due to allergens, current food recalls.
Facts sheet on GM Foods
How they are made, labelling, and what types of GM foods are sold in Australia and New Zealand. Source: FSANZ