Review of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
The review commenced in July 2020. The plan is to reform the bi-national food regulation system to ensure it remains strong, robust and agile into the future. Option 1 is the status quo (proposes no legislative changes to the FSANZ Act), while Option 2 and 3 present increasingly ambitious suites of measures that could be taken to amend the FSANZ Act. You can read about this and review the consultation here, and provide your comments here. The due date for comments is 18th May.
Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods - review
A proposal has been formally prepared to review Standard 2.9.4 – Formulated supplementary sports foods. Other standard that may been involved are Standard 2.6.2 - Non-alcoholic Beverages and Brewed Soft Drinks - regulates electrolyte drinks and bases – and Standard 2.9.3 - Formulated Meal replacements and Formulated Supplementary Foods - may regulate some products used for sport. Source: FSNZ
Updated Guide to Allergen Management and Labelling
Managing the risks associated with food allergens is a major food safety challenge for food producers and suppliers. To help food businesses manage these risks the Allergen Bureau and the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) have just released an updated version of the Food Industry Guide to Allergen Management and Labelling. The update incorporates new requirements for the labelling of allergens in food arising from Proposal P1044 – Plain English Allergen Labelling. A copy of the guide is available from the Allergen Bureau and the AFGC. Source: Food Standards Newsletter
Failing food report for February 2021
This report lists food that has failed under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during February 2021. Table 1 shows results of tests on risk foods. Five foods were rejected due to Salmonella (hulled sesame seeds), aflatoxin (two different peanut products) and histamine (two products – Maldive fish and fresh tuna). Table 2 lists other surveillance issues found with 21 different products. Five products contained vitamins not permitted in that type of food. A herbal syrup from India contained Borago officinalis (borage) which is prohibited in foods (but it is permitted in listed complementary medicines if the preparation is a fixed oil derived from the seeds). Source: Dept Agriculture.
Failing food report for March 2021
Once again, “risk food test results” includes products with listeria, salmonella, E. coli, aflatoxins, hydrocyanic acid, and one containing the prohibited plant betel nut. “Surveillance food test results” includes foods with vitamins not permitted to be added to that type of food, and other additives exceeding maximum permitted limits. Source: Dept Agriculture
Legislation update: statement of ingredients in food on labels
Standard 1.2.4: Information requirements – statement of ingredients - amended 25th Feb 2021. Source: legislation.gov.au
Legislation update: infant formula products
Incorporates a change to the requirements for inulin-type fructans and galacto‑oligosaccharides. Source: legislation.gov.au.
Approvals and amendments to the Food Standards Code
A1204 – Beta-amylase from soybean (Glycine max) as a processing aid (enzyme)
A1191 – Mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids (INS 471) as glazing agent for fruits and vegetables
A1202 – Food derived from herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected corn line DP23211. Source: FSANZ
Call for comment on a new form of Vitamin B3 (niacin)
FSANZ is calling for comment on the use of nicotinamide riboside chloride as a form of vitamin B3 in food for special medical purposes (FSMPs). If approved, nicotinamide riboside chloride would be added to the Code for use as a form of niacin in FSMPs. Source: FSANZ
Consumer information about food regulations
Published by FSANZ, this is a helpful summary to additives, chemicals in food, food safety, genetically modified foods, labelling and nutrition. Source: FSANZ
Information on food labelling
A useful guide to food labelling regulations. Topics include how to read a label, understanding claims, food production, stay safe, and labels and the law. Source: NSW Food Authority.
Name and shame register of penalty notices
NSW Health has for some time maintained a register of penalty notices issued to food establishments, searchable by date, locality, and trading name. Source: NSW Food Authority.
Recent food recalls
Include Bondi Protein Co Vegan Protein Bar (two flavours) – undeclared allergen (peanut), Naturally Good Super Paleo Breakfast Biscuits - due to potential for an increase in moisture which may lead to microbial growth, and Byron Bay Pizza Co. BBQ Birdie frozen pizza - presence of an undeclared allergen (fish), Xiang Hai Crab Flavour Crisp Chips - undeclared allergen (egg), Coles Tasmanian Smoked Salmon – incorrect Use By Date, Taylor Rd IGA Pork Chipolatas - undeclared allergens (gluten and soy). Sources: FSANZ and NSW Food Authority.