New Zealand Natural Health Products Bill – Consultation Phase Soon to Close 

The New Zealand Government is developing a new regulatory scheme for low-risk natural health products. Consultation is still open on the proposals but will finally close on 5th February 2016. Submissions on the draft list of conditions about which a claim can be made and the draft permitted substances list will remain open for comment until 31 May 2016. The Bill is expected to take effect from June 2016, and the Regulations are expected to come into force shortly afterwards. Sources: &


TGA Lists Current and Past Court Actions 

The Therapeutic Goods Administration indicates that it is prepared to undertake court actions against persons not complying with Australia’s medicines regulations. It is TGA practice to publish details of regulatory compliance decisions and actions on its website. A list of convictions and court ordered penalties can be found here:


Spotlight on Sunsceen ingredient – Nano-Zinc Now Thought to be Safe 

Zinc oxide is a white powder which is widely used in a variety of applications. One of these is in cosmetic products as a UV filter. New technologies have recently allowed the use of nano-sized zinc oxide particles. The question here is whether zinc oxide “nanoparticles” used in sunscreens (at a concentration of up to 25%) are different to conventional zinc oxide in terms of physical and chemical properties and toxicity. The conclusion is that the use of the zinc oxide nanoparticles that have been tested can be considered as safe for use on the skin as conventional materials.  Source:

NSW Food Authority Recall: Latina Fresh Creamy Chicken Pesto 

The NSW Food Authority advises that General Mills has recalled Latina Fresh Creamy Chicken Pesto sold from Coles stores in NSW, QLD and WA. The product is being recalled due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (fish) on the label.  Source:


FSANZ Announces Results of Survey of Chemicals in Food From Packaging 

The results of a survey on packaging chemicals in food are reassuring for consumers, Food Standards Australia New Zealand Chief Executive Steve McCutcheon said today. Mr McCutcheon said the second phase of the Australian Total Diet Study looked at chemicals that might migrate from packaging into food.  Source:


FSANZ Commences Consultation on Irradiation Labelling Requirements 

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a consultation paper on the existing labelling requirements for irradiated foods. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said ministers responsible for food regulation had asked FSANZ to review the requirements in response to a labelling review recommendation. “FSANZ is seeking submissions on a range of technical and economic issues related to the mandatory requirements and how information about food irradiation is communicated to consumers.” The closing date for submissions is 29 March 2016.  Source:


FSANZ Submissions for Application - A1116 – Food Derived from Herbicide-tolerant & Insect-protected Corn Line MZIR098 

The purpose of the Application is to seek approval for food derived from a genetically modified corn line MZHIR098 that is tolerant to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium and protected against corn rootworm.  Source:


FSANZ Submissions for Application - A1109 – Glutaminase from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens as a Processing Aid (Enzyme) 

The purpose of the Application is to permit glutaminase derived from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens as a processing aid in the production of certain seasoning ingredients or foods used for seasoning as an alternative to the use of monosodium glutamate.  Source:


FSANZ Application - A1124 – DHA Algal Oil in Infant Formula 

The purpose of this Application is to permit the addition of DHA-rich algal oil fromSchizochytrium sp. as an alternative or replacement oil for other currently permitted DHA-rich algal oils added to infant formula products.  Source:


NSW Food Authority Recall: Inghams Quick Cook Chicken Meatballs 

The New South Wales Food Authority advises that Inghams Enterprises has recalled Inghams Quick Cook Chicken Meatballs 500g sold from Woolworths stores in NSW. The product is being recalled due to incorrect best before dates on the label. The product has already passed its true Best Before Date and is therefore no longer suitable for consumption.  Source:


USDA Recalls Nearly Two Tonnes of Sausages for Labelling Blunder 

The United States Department of Agriculture has recalled over 4,000 pounds (lb) of sausages after it was discovered the meat was lined with sheep casing, which was not declared on the product label.  Source: Oscar Rousseau, Global Meat News


To GM or not to GM – That is the Question Australia Asks Itself 

Australia has one of the world’s most rigorous frameworks for regulating GM crops which are commercially released upon completion of a thorough safety assessment. It is mandatory to label all food products containing GM material. Only two GM crops, cotton and canola, are approved for commercial cultivation in Australia.  Source: Joe Kelly, The Australian


FSANZ Proposal P1041 – Removal of Country of Origin Labelling Requirements 

The purpose of the Proposal is to remove country of origin labelling requirements from the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code as part of proposed new arrangements where the requirements will fall under Australian Consumer Law.  Source:


FSANZ Application A1122 – Thermolysin (Protease) as a Processing Aid 

The purpose of this Application is to permit the use of Thermolysin (protease) fromGeobacillus stearothermophilus as a processing aid in the processing of proteins, yeast and flavour production.  Source:


FSANZ Rules on Nutrition, Health and Related Claims Become Effective January 2016 

Although a new Standard to regulate nutrition content claims and health claims on food labels and in advertisements became law on 18 January 2013, food businesses had three years to make any changes required. All food businesses must now comply with the new standard (Standard 1.2.7) from 18 January 2016. (Health claims must be based on food-health relationships that have been substantiated according to the Nutrition, Health and Related Claims Standard. Food businesses wanting to make a general level health claim can base their claims on one of the more than 200 pre-approved food-health relationships in the Standard or self-substantiate a food-health relationship).  Source:


FSANZ Application A1123 – Isomalto-oligosaccharide as a Novel Food 

An application has been accepted by Food Standards Australia & New Zealand to permit  isomalto-oligosaccharide as a novel food for use as an alternative (lower calorie) sweetener and bulk filler in a ranger of general purpose and special purpose foods.  Source:


TGA Updates Medicine Ingredient Names 

From April 2016, The Therapeutic Goods Administration, will be updating some medicine ingredient names used in Australia to align with names used internationally. The following list shows the medicine ingredient names that will be changing. TGA is providing this list now so that those affected can begin to prepare for the changes. There will be a four year transition period for these changes, expected to start from April 2016. Editor’s note: While many ingredients on this list are only relevant to registered medicines, there are also a number of ingredient name changes of interest to listed medicines. These name changes will impact labelling and advertising compliance.  Sources: &


TGA Notification – coumarin Level as a Component of Herbal Ingredients Used in Listed Medicines 

Coumarin is a naturally occurring component of herbal species ingredients includingCinnamomum spp. This component is currently subject to Schedule 4 of the Standard for Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) for active therapeutic use, and the maximum daily dose in a medicine must be no more than 10mg/Kg or 0.001% in order to be eligible for listing. The presence and quantity of coumarin will be required to be declared on the ARTG for all medicines containing active ingredients from Cinnamomum spp, effective by 1st February 2016.  Source:


TGA Safety Advisories– Blue Diamond Capsules; Sextra capsules; Jack Rabbit tablets; Viagra 007 tablets 

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has tested these imports and found that they contain the undeclared substance sildenafil (active ingredient in Viagra). Consumers are advised that sildenafil is a prescription-only substance and that the supply of these products is illegal and possibly harmful.  Source:;


Outcomes of FSANZ Heavy Metals Survey and Border Testing 

 In response to concerns raised by the community, a survey for presence of heavy metals in preserved imported canned and preserved fruit was undertaken by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). This notice provides the outcomes of the survey and surveillance testing conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) at the border. Concerns were raised about high levels of lead and tin in imported canned and preserved fruit. These concerns were based on reported results of a study which showed the presence of arsenic in some canned peach products, and that some products had levels of lead and tin that did not comply with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.  Source:


Coles V Woolworths – Egg Wars Heat Up 

Supermarket giant Coles is under pressure to move eggs off its warm shelves in a bid to protect shoppers from salmonella, matching the practice being rolled out by its main competitor. Woolworths has pledged to keep eggs in refrigerated cabinets as it continues a nation-wide revamp of its stores. It is understood dozens of Woolies outlets have had new cabinets installed in the past year, allowing stores to keep fresh eggs chilled below seven degrees, which helps prevent the spread of the harmful salmonella bacteria. The rollout comes as experts have warned about egg-related salmonella cases, which are on the rise around the country, leading to serious illness and hundreds of hospital admissions each year.  Source: Steve Lillebuen, TurfCraft


Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) Releases Annual Report 

Complementary Medicines Australia is the leading expert association exclusively committed to a vital and sustainable complementary healthcare products industry. They endeavour to represent all stakeholder groups in the complementary healthcare industry. Members include importers, exporters, manufacturers, raw material suppliers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, practitioners, consultants, direct marketers, multi level marketers and consumers.  CMA Annual Report 2014-2015


Understanding Pyramid Schemes, Ponzi Schemes, and Network Marketing 

Editor’s note: These distinctions are very important for all people involved in direct selling.  Pyramid schemes are illegal scams in which large numbers of people at the bottom of the pyramid pay money to a few people at the top. Each new participant pays for the chance to advance to the top and profit from payments of others who might join later. They promise participants large profits based primarily on recruiting others to join their program, not based on profits from any real sale of goods to the public. Ponzi schemes are named as such after Charles Ponzi’s fraudulent scheme in the U.S. in the 1920s. In broad terms, a Ponzi scheme is an investors’ pyramid. Promised returns to investors are so high that the founders know from the beginning that they are not economically sustainable. And the source of income for investors is not the real return generated by the funds invested by themselves, but is the new investments coming in. Network marketing, on the other hand, allows the participants to earn money on products sold, not based on others’ losses. It is a micro-entrepreneurship model, in economic terms. Network marketing can be a sustainable business model.  Source: Hakki Ozmorali, The World of Direct Selling


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