Latest Regulatory Affairs Newsletter

A collection of regulatory news from this month.

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

 

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

 

TGA Fact Sheet: Folate and Folic Acid for Use in Listed Medicines

This fact sheet has been created for sponsors who wish to list folate products on the ARTG. It is intended to provide general information on the most commonly used folates and answer the most frequently asked questions. Folate, or vitamin B9, is an essential vitamin required by the human body for normal growth and development as it plays a critical role in the synthesis of DNA and RNA, and in the metabolism of certain amino acids. The term "folate" is actually a generic name for a group of related compounds with similar nutritional properties. The three most commonly used forms are folic acid, calcium folinate and levomefolate salts. All three forms can be incorporated into the body's metabolic pathways and may provide sources of the same biologically active form of folate – a compound known as 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) or levomefolic acid.   SourceFolate

'Painful' Sunscreen Burn Cases Ignite Call for Review of Product Testing in Australia

More stories are emerging of people being left "red raw" despite using popular sunscreen products, prompting calls from a leading public health advocate for a review of the way Australia regulates sunscreens. Michael Moore, chief executive of the Public Health Association of Australia, said the reports were extremely concerning. He said it was time for the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) — Australia's sunscreen regulator — to examine its processes to make sure sunscreens were being adequately tested before going on the market. The director of the only company carrying out independent laboratory testing of sunscreen in Australia wants an overhaul of international testing standards. John Staton runs Dermatest, a Sydney laboratory which tests the SPF factor of sunscreens. He said the problem is that many sunscreens sold in Australia are tested in the United States and Europe.   Source: Amy Bainbridge, ABC News Sunburn

TGA Approves Permissible Ingredients (26BB) Determination No.1 of 2017

Complementary Medicines Australia advises that The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved the new Therapeutic Goods (Permissible Ingredients) Determination No. 1 of 2017. TGA anticipates that the updated Determination will be published and available on the Federal Register of Legislation (FRL) after 30 January 2017. The new Determination includes a total of 293 changes to ingredients available for use in listed medicines including the addition of 11 new ingredients and the deletion of one ingredient.   Source: via CMA, Permissible ingredients

TGA Consultation: Scheduling Medicines and Poisons

The Therapeutic Goods Administration is seeking comments from interested parties on proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard. The TGA has expanded the scheduling proposals for selected substances to be considered by the Advisory Committees on Chemicals and Medicines Scheduling (ACCS, ACMS) to promote relevant public submissions. This consultation closes on 10 February 2017.   SourceSUSMP consultation

TGA Reviews Scientific Literature on Sunscreen Actives

This scientific review report is limited to the review of safety concerns surrounding zinc oxide (ZnO) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) present in sunscreens. The two main issues considered in this review are the evidence for the ability of these NPs to penetrate the skin to reach viable cells and the potential toxicity exerted by them. The TGA has been continuously monitoring the emerging scientific literature in this area and working cooperatively with international regulatory agencies to ensure that appropriate regulatory action is undertaken if any unacceptable risk of harm/toxicity is identified.   SourceSunscreen lit-review

TGA Recalls:

Chinese Sports Injuries Pill (Zhong Guo Die Da Wan) - Consumers and health professionals are advised that Beijing Tong Ren Tang Australia, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling one batch of its Chinese Sports Injuries Pill (Zhong Guo Die Da Wan) due to the presence of aristolochic acid. There is no established safe exposure level to aristolochic acids.   Source: Sports pill

The Cider Lab (assorted beverages) - Asahi Premium Beverages Pty Ltd has recalled The Cider Lab assorted beverages sold by liquor stores nationwide due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (sulphites)   Source:CiderLab

 

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

 

Cosmetic Suppliers Unite!

Are you in the business of supplying Cosmetics or Personal Care products into Australia & New Zealand? Did you know that 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? Get information, support, protection and power under one united organisation, especially for you.  Visit http://accord.asn.au/ for more.

Hiring a Social Media Management Team

Hiring a team of experts who understand and live and breathe social media helps you avoid the frustration of staying current on the latest dos and don’ts and keeps your social media channels running smoothly so you’re free to run your business. One social media channel can take numerous hours to run effectively. Now multiply that by the number of social media channels you have, or want, and you can see how quickly the hours stack up. By bringing a social media management company to join your team, you can stay ahead of the curve and quickly jump start your marketing program.   Source: Sheldon Baker, The Garner Group Social media

 

Quote for the Month:

“Everything that you post on social media impacts your personal brand. How do you want to be known?”   Lisa Horn, a.k.a. The Publicity Gal

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