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MEDICINES (Dietary Supplements):

TGA Responds to Claims of Poor Oversight of Sunscreens

After many recent reports of people becoming sunburned, even after use of sunscreen products, concerns have been expressed concerning the safety and efficacy of various sunscreen products and the testing process carried out by TGA on sunscreens available on the market. The TGA does require sponsors to undertake SPF (efficacy) testing of sunscreens but because of the highly specialised nature of the testing the TGA does not do it in house. All testing is done under an international ISO standard. If there was a problem with the SPF testing then all samples of that product would be affected and we would see much greater numbers of sunburn. The Cancer Council and medical colleges have emphasised the importance of applying sunscreen liberally and regularly, as these products are commonly under-applied.   Source: Sunscreens

TGA Completes Investigation on Homeopathic Teething Products

As reported in previous newsletters, the USA Food and Drug Administration published a safety alert and media release in late 2016, stating that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children. The TGA has completed its testing of samples of teething gels and has not identified any quality issues. Levels of atropine, the primary alkaloid present in belladonna, were found to be well below the cut off for this type of product of 300 parts per billion. Based on these results, no further regulatory action will be taken.   Source: Teething troubles ; Further information by Chloe Booker, SMH Teething tribulations

Widespread Adulteration of Korean Ginseng Extract in the European Food Supplements Market

Analysis of commercial Korean ginseng (panax ginseng) root extract samples obtained from the European market revealed adulteration in more than half of the products tested. Adulteration of botanicals is a substantial threat to the natural products industry worldwide. It diminishes the quality and efficacy of food supplements and introduces potential safety hazards. On occasion, adulteration can be unintended however in the clear majority of cases the practice is deliberate and intentionally fraudulent.   Source: Network Nutrition Ginseng adulteration

Publication of TGA Laboratory Testing Outcomes

From mid-2017 the Therapeutic Goods Administration will begin publishing additional information about their laboratory activities, including outcomes of laboratory testing, on the TGA website. The TGA tests approximately 2000 samples of therapeutic goods annually. While many products tested by them meet required quality standards, they currently provide very little information to the Australian public about the testing activities undertaken.   Source: Lab tests

TGA Consultation - Reforms to the Regulatory Framework for Complementary Medicines

The Therapeutic Goods Administration is seeking comments from interested parties on a range of reforms to the regulatory framework for complementary medicines to address Government-agreed recommendations from the Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation. Consultation closes 28th March 2017.   Source: CM consultation

TGA Safety Advisories:

Chao Jimengnan Super Powerful Man Tablets; Zhen Gongfu Tablets; Impeous Man capsules - The Therapeutic Goods Administration has tested these products and found that the tablets / capsules contain the undeclared substance sildenafil (active in Viagra)   Source: Superman tabs 1 ; Superman tabs 2 ; Superman tabs 3  


When an Australian Grown Product Doesn’t Count as an Australian Ingredient

With mandatory compliance with the new Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard approaching next year, the food industry is discovering all manner of discrepancies and unforeseen negative impacts for their products. This article explores the situation where, if 100% Australian almonds are ground and strained overseas, the resulting almond milk is required to identify the product as “Made in” the country where it was ground and strained.   Source: Charles Fisher, Food-Legal CoO Labelling

FSANZ Notifications:

Application A1135 – Beta-galactosidase as a Processing Aid (Enzyme) - ​The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of a new source of beta-galactosidase from a genetically modified strain of Bacillus licheniformis to be used as a processing aid during the production of reduced lactose or lactose free milk and dairy products.   Source: Beta-galactosidase

A1117 – Extension of Use of L-Cysteine as a Food Additive - The purpose of this Application is to extend the use of the food additive, L-cysteine, to limit enzymatic browning of cut avocado and banana and so extend the shelf life.   Source: L-cysteine

A1119 – Addition of Water to facilitate Wine Fermentation - The purpose of the Application is to permit the addition of water to dilute high sugar to aid fermentation in the production of wine, sparkling wine and fortified wine.   Source: Water & wine

A1128 – Food derived from reduced Acrylamide Potential & Browning Potato Line E12 - The purpose of the Application is to seek approval for food derived from a genetically modified potato line, E12 which has reduced acrylamide potential and reduced browning (black spot).   SourceAcrylamide

A1126 Pectins & Carrageenan as Processing Aids in Wine (Fining Agent) - The purpose of the Application is to seek permissions for pectins and carrageenan as processing aids to remove heat-unstable proteins from Australian produced wine.   Source: Wine fines

Department of Agriculture Notice IFN 01-17 - Date Marking and Other Labelling Requirements for Imported Food

The purpose of this notice is to provide detail to importers about some of the labelling non-compliances that are regularly identified by the department regarding imported food. For the period from January to June 2016, there were 17,464 labelling assessments conducted under the IFIS, with 366 labelling related non-compliances detected.   Source: Food labels

Department of Agriculture Releases Latest ‘Failing Food Report’

This report details food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month. The ‘failed food’ was not distributed for sale in Australia. It was destroyed by the importer or re-exported to the country of origin under department supervision. Where a product is found to be noncompliant because the label does not have the mandatory allergen declaration, the product must be destroyed, re-exported or re-labelled to include the mandatory declaration. Future consignments continue to be targeted at 100 per cent until a history of compliance is established. Typical causes for ‘food failure’ are Microbiological / Allergen contamination (mostly cheeses and sea-foods), and, Toxin / Chemical presence (processed foods and nuts).   Source: Food fails

Country of Origin Training Videos

Australia's new Country of Origin Labelling laws have changed. An amendment in November 2016 to the scheme means there are different requirements for overseas food that is packed in Australia. This series of 8 video modules, incorporates these changes to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date way for you to understand the labelling requirements and obligations under the new laws. The training videos explain concepts such as "substantial transformation", "priority foods", "varying Australian content", the new definition of "Made in Australia", and more. Watch the FREE first video by clicking here!   Source: Food-Legal CoOLL videos

Watchdog Revises Standards, Begins Regulatory Process for Online Sales

Beijing was a hive of activity last week as regulators revised standards on an extensive range of food lines, and released draft regulations on online food services for public comment.   Source: RJ Whitehead, Food navigator-Asia China online

Drinkers on the Pulse: Australia Gets Its First Lentil Craft Beer

A craft brewery in the Adelaide Hills has released Australia’s first beer made with lentils.   Source: By RJ Whitehead, Food Navigator-Asia Lentil beer

COSMETICS & Personal care:

Accord Australasia Launches Sunsible Website

Accord Australasia is the peak national industry association representing manufacturers and marketers of hygiene, cosmetic and specialty products, their raw materials suppliers and service providers. Please visit this site to learn more about the what, the why and the how of sunscreens. You can also take the Sunsible quiz!   Source: Sunsible



Young Men Shun Products with Health Claims, Spanish Study Suggests

Young, healthy men are more likely to actively avoid, rather than be attracted to, products with prominent health claims such as reduced-fat or high-fibre, according to new research in Spain.   Source: Eliot Beer, Food navigator-Asia Spanish men

Quote of the Month:

“The food that you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison”   Ann Wigmore


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