NSW Food Authority Name and Shame Serves Up Nine Years of Food Safety
The NSW Food Authority’s 'Name and Shame' register reaches another important milestone this month, chalking up nine years of operation and more than 11 million views of its webpage. Minister Primary Industries, Niall Blair said more than 7,000 food retail businesses have appeared on the register since its establishment in July 2008. "It’s the list consumers can’t get enough of, but the one no business wants to be on," Mr Blair said. "I am pleased to say the vast majority of food businesses in NSW do the right thing – however those which don’t face the significant sanction of featuring on the well-read register. At its peak in 2009/10, 3.4 per cent of food businesses were placed on the register however that figure has fallen to just 1.6 per cent in the past financial year. Sources: Name & Shame ; Penalty notices
Egg Producer Penalised $750,000 for Misleading 'Free Range' Claims
The Federal Court has ordered Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd (Snowdale) to pay penalties totalling $750,000 for making false or misleading representations that its eggs were ‘free range’, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. “This is the highest penalty that a Court has ordered in relation to misleading ‘free range’ egg claims. It reflects the seriousness of Snowdale’s conduct and the importance of egg producers being truthful about marketing claims they make,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said. “Consumers pay a higher price for free range eggs, so when a ‘free range’ claim is made, it’s important that consumers are purchasing eggs laid by chickens in free range conditions.” Source: Bad eggs Further reading: This case forms part of the ACCC’s broader work in the area of free range claims made by egg producers, which include: $300k penalty for "free range eggs" 1 ; $300k penalty for "free range eggs" 2 ; $250k penalty for "free range eggs" (In April 2017, Commonwealth, State and Territory Consumer Affairs Ministers introduced a national information standard under the Australian Consumer Law. The standard requires eggs labelled as ‘free range’ to have been laid by hens with meaningful and regular access to the outdoors and with a maximum outdoor stocking density of 10,000 hens).
Sydney Chicken Processor Falls Foul of Food Safety Laws
A Sydney chicken producer was convicted and fined a total of $34,000 and ordered to pay more than $6,000 in professional costs after he pleaded guilty to twelve charges relating to failures in hygiene, maintenance and Food Safety Program monitoring in the Downing Centre Local Court. Source: Poultry fine
Reports that some infant formula products on sale in Australia and New Zealand contain potentially 'dangerous' nanoscale particles have been dismissed by regulators and scientists — with one branding it blatant 'scaremongering'. Source: Gary Scattergood+ NutraIngredients FoE fail ; FoE Claim
A National Approach to Better Combat Biosecurity Threats
The National Biosecurity Committee (NBC) has endorsed new national biosecurity Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) priorities, giving a more unified, strategic and nationally-consistent focus to biosecurity research. Head of biosecurity policy at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Matthew Koval, said the new priorities would support improved national biosecurity outcomes. Source: Bio-security
Editor’s note: For information about what can and can’t be sent to Australia go to Travelling or sending goods to Australia.
New Zealand's long-awaited Natural Health Products Bill is unlikely to be put before parliament before September's election, according to the Ministry of Health. Source: Gary Scattergood+, NutraIngredients NZ NHP Bill
FSANZ Notices –
Application A1123 – Isomalto-oligosaccharide as a Novel Food: The purpose of the Application is to permit isomalto-oligosaccharide as a novel food for use as an alternative (lower calorie) sweetener and bulk filler in a range of general purpose and special purpose foods Source: Novel food
A1131 – Aqualysin 1 (Protease) as a Processing Aid (Enzyme): The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of aqualysin 1 sourced from Bacillus subtilis containing the aqualysin 1 gene from Thermus aquaticus for use as a processing aid in the manufacture of bakery products. Source: Aqualysin 1