Failing food reports for September 2021

Risk food test results – aflatoxins, Salmonella and histamine continue to be commonly detected.    Source: Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Surveillance food tests includes random inspection of imported foods. Includes non-permitted ingredients such as vitamins and minerals and prohibited plants.    Source: Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

 

Branded Food Database

FSANZ along with GS1 Australia are preparing a database that will enable consumers easy access to product information for thousands of foods and beverages, including nutrition information panel, listed ingredients, pack and serve size and health star rating along with dietary fibre and fruit, vegetable, nut and legume content.    Source: FSANZ

 

Energy labelling of alcoholic beverages

Options are being considered. Unlike most other packaged food and beverages, labels on most packaged alcoholic beverages do not provide information about energy content.   Source: FSANZ

 

Call for comment on Very Low Energy Diets

An application has been received to modify this standard to bring it into line with other international regulations for similar products.    Source: FSANZ

 

Call for comment - new source for an enzyme processing aid

The enzyme beta-fructofuranosidase has a long history of safe use and is already sourced from microorganisms. This application is to seek approval to produce the enzyme from a strain of bacterium known as Aspergillus fijiensis. FSANZ's safety assessment found no health and safety concerns for Australian and New Zealand consumers.    Source: FSANZ 

 

Hemp

An application has been submitted to FSANZ to permit the sale of low-delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) hemp leaf, seed sprout and root as food and food ingredients in Australia and New Zealand.    Source: FSANZ

 

National food recalls

This month, two were due to undeclared allergens (milk in Fresh Food Enterprises IQ Bars, and egg in YBC Picola Strawberry), and three were due to contaminants (Vibrio parahaemolyticus in raw Pacific oysters from Coffin Bay, Listeria monocytogenes in Snackers Market Tasty Cheese and Mini Crackers and Pretzels, and also in Good to Go Tasty Cheese Salami and Cabanossi).    Source: FSANZ

RFA Breaking News

Cosmetics, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Recall: 'Banana Boat' Sunscreen Sprays SPF 50+ (aerosol) Benzene was detected in 4 batches of three products supplied. Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that could potentially…

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Foods:

Company pays penalties of $36,640 for misleading claim on “pure” vanilla extract HBC Trading labelled the product as “alcohol free pure vanilla extract” and placed an image of vanilla beans…

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Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

Revised list of ingredients permitted in listed complementary medicines. Listed medicine ingredients and requirements for their use have been updated in the Therapeutic Goods (Permissible Ingredients) Determination (No. 1) 2022, which…

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Cosmetics, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Step by step guide to categorising your chemical importation and manufacture With supporting self-guided decision tools helps you categorise your chemical introduction as listed or exempted or reported or assessed.    Source: AICIS   Infringement notice issued to…

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Foods:

Changes to the inspection of some imported food Kava products are classified as “risk food”. Commercial imports of kava will be inspected to verify compliance with food standards. Other foods…

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Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

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