Latest Regulatory Affairs Newsletter
A collection of regulatory news from this month.
FSANZ Food Allergen Portal
Food allergies can be life threatening. For people who have a food allergy the only way to manage the allergy is to avoid the food allergen. For this reason there are laws in place, for example mandatory labelling requirements to help people who have a food allergy avoid food allergens. This food allergen portal was created by the Allergen Collaboration to provide different sectors in the community with links to best practice food allergen resources and key messages to promote in the different sectors. Source: Allergy portal
Lupin Added To Mandatory Allergen Labelling List
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has added lupin to the list of 9 allergens that currently must be declared on food labels. From 25 May 2018, the 10 foods or ingredients that must be declared are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, sesame seeds, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat and now lupin. These ingredients must be declared on the food label whenever they are present as ingredients or as components of food additives or processing aids. Sulphites in concentrations of 10mg/kg or more must also be declared on food labels of packaged foods. Source: (Pg.5) Lupin allergy
Department of Agriculture Failing Food Report
This latest report details food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month of July. The department operates a five per cent random surveillance scheme to monitor a range of food imported into Australia for compliance to some standards in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. These tests are applied as part of a rolling program of surveillance on the Australian food supply. The following report details where results were found to be noncompliant with food standards. Future consignments of this food are subject to an increased rate of testing until a history of compliance is achieved. Source: Food fails
NSW Food Authority Recalls— Source: Food recalls
Chung Jung One Seasoned Bean Paste: Imventure24 Pty. Ltd has recalled Chung Jung One Seasoned Bean Paste due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (peanut, shellfish & fish).
Chuan Qi Hot Pot Sauce: Tek Shing Trading Pty Ltd. has recalled Chuan Qi Hot Pot Sauce due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (peanut, shellfish & fish).
Rafferty's Garden Happy Tummies Vegetable Risotto: PZ Cussons Australia Pty Ltd has recalled Rafferty’s Garden Happy Tummies Vegetable Risotto due to the potential presence of foreign matter (glass).
Treat Dreams Chocolate Bars: North Foster Pty Ltd trading as Treat Dreams Australia has recalled Treat Dreams Chocolate Bars products due to the potential presence of undeclared allergens (wheat/peanut).
Kettle Fried Potato Chips: Snack Brands Australia has recalled Kettle Sea Salt and Kettle Rosemary and Sea Salt due to the potential presence of foreign matter (white rubber pieces).
Hans Spanish Chorizo: Hans Continental Smallgoods Pty Ltd has recalled Hans Spanish Chorizo due to microbial (E. coli) contamination.
Mishka Mixed Vodka: Pinnacle Drinks has recalled assorted Mishka Mixed Vodka products due to a packaging fault resulting in the potential for glass bottles to break when opening.
Single Selection Classic Original Pate: Pure Foods Tasmania no. 1 has recalled its Single Selection Classic Original Pate due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (fish).
Application A1125 – Endo β(1,4) Xylanase as a Processing Aid (Enzyme): The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of a new enzyme sourced from Bacillus subtilis containing the gene from endo β(1,4) xylanase isolated from Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis for use as a processing aid in baked cereal products. Source: Xylanase
Application 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: Fining agents
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: B-galactoside
Application A1136 – Protein Glutaminase as a Processing Aid (Enzyme): The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of protein-glutaminase from Chryseobacterium proteolyticum as a processing aid to improve protein functionality in baking, noodle, dairy, meat, fish and yeast products. Source: Glutiminase
Application A1143 – Food derived from DHA Canola Line: The purpose of the Application is to seek permission for food derived from canola line NS-B50027-4, genetically modified to produce omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly DHA, in the seed. Source: GM canola
Application A1152 - Clarify the definition of fruit and vegetable wine: The purpose of this Application is to amend the definition of fruit and vegetable wine in Standard 1.1.2-3 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (“the Code”). Source: Wine definition
Proposal P1046 – L-amino acid acetate in Food for Special Medical Purposes: This proposal has removed a negative impact on trade by enabling the sale of food for special medical purposes (FSMP) containing L-arginine acetate. Source: L arginine
Cosmetics (& Household cleaning products):
The Push to Close Animal Cosmetic Testing Loopholes in Australia
A cross-party group of federal senators is pushing to tighten Australia's laws around cosmetic testing on animals, with claims that a loophole in legislation makes any testing ban "meaningless". The Australian Federal Government's plan to ban animal cosmetic testing, a promise made during the 2016 election, features in the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017, part of a suite of bills to reform the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). The bill, which was introduced into parliament in June and has not yet progressed from there, proposes a ban on testing chemicals on animals "if an industrial chemical is to be introduced for an end use solely in cosmetics". Source: Josh Butler, HuffPost Australia Animal testing loopholes
NZ Government Publishes Summary of Microbeads Submissions
“Managing Microbeads in Personal Care Products: Summary of Submissions” was published by New Zealand’s Ministry of Environment. Microbeads are synthetic, non-biodegradable plastic beads, in dimensions of 5 mm or less. Manufacturers add them into personal care products such as bath products, facial scrubs and cleansers, and toothpastes. In these products, they act as abrasive or bulking agents. They also provide added texture, visual interest, or shelf life. Once used, these products go down the drain into local water treatment plants. The filtering systems of these plants only partially capture the microbeads. As a result, microbeads enter the marine environment. There is increasing global evidence that, because they are not biodegradable, they have negative effects on the marine environment. The Ministry for the Environment received 16,223 submissions on this topic during the consultation period. Source: NZ microbeads
US DoJ Fines Essential Oils Company $760,000+ for Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act Violations
The Justice Department announced that YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS, L.C., headquartered in Lehi, Utah, pleaded guilty in federal court to federal misdemeanour charges regarding its illegal trafficking of rosewood oil and spikenard oil. The US Government calculates the fair market retail value of the plant products involved in the violations and relevant conduct, including but not limited to product equalling approximately 1,899.75 litres of rosewood oil, to be more than $3.5 million but not more than $9 million. Source: Essential oils conviction
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RFA Office News
After nearly 20 years of loyal and valuable service to RFA Regulatory Affairs, Felizitas Parr has retired from her role as our office manager, in order to pursue other interests in her life. Most of our clients will have dealt with Felizitas over the years, and I know that you will be reading this notice with a tinge of sadness as we farewell a familiar and reliable presence from our team. Felizitas capably managed our office through some great changes, including moving our physical address, updating technology and streamlining our business systems. We will forever be grateful to Felizitas for her many years of loyal and dedicated service and wish her well in her new life endeavours.