Latest Regulatory Affairs Newsletter
A collection of regulatory news from this month.
Avoid Fake Websites, Scams and other e-Nasties
Australia Competition & Consumer Commission has set up a dedicated website to alert consumers to all of the many potential perils currently circulating on the internet. Bookmark this site: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/
Australia—and to some extent New Zealand—witnessed the birth of a brand new industry segment, when a council of ministers agreed finally to permit the consumption of hemp seeds by humans as food. Source: RJ Whitehead, Food Navigator-Asia Cannabis at last!
This month’s quote:
“Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” Judge Frances L. Young, DEA Administrative Law Judge.
Sydney Trade-only Expo
Naturally Good Expo 2017
RFA Regulatory Affairs will again have a stand at this year’s event on the 4th and 5th June in the new Complementary Medicines Pavilion – dedicated to the growth of complementary medicines through all Australian channels. Come and see us at Stand B43!
We encourage our overseas and local clients to consider the exciting opportunity of attending this industry event!
Naturally Good Expo
ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre
Sunday 4th – Monday 5th June, 2017
Open daily 10am – 5pm
Australia’s Department of Health Seeks to Ban Cosmetic Testing on Animals
During the 2016 Federal Election campaign, the Australian Government committed to introduce a ban on animal testing of cosmetic products. Following a series of stakeholder workshops, the Department released an online survey and background paper, which sought to provide an open opportunity for the general public and stakeholders to continue to engage in the consultation process. This survey closed on 16 December 2016. The second stage of face to face stakeholder workshops will commence in early March in Melbourne and Sydney. Source: Cosmetics on animals
Can the Blockchain be the Ultimate Guarantor of Supply Chain Accuracy?
Frank Yiannas has spent years looking in vain for a better way to track lettuce, steaks and snack cakes from farm and factory to the shelves of Wal-Mart, where he is the vice president for food safety. When the company dealt with salmonella outbreaks, it often took weeks to trace where the bad ingredients came from. Then, last year, IBM executives flew to Wal-Mart's headquarters in Arkansas to propose a solution: the blockchain. At its heart, blockchain simply refers to a bookkeeping method that "chains" together entries so that they are very difficult to modify later. It provides a way for large groups of unrelated companies to jointly keep a secure and reliable record of their transactions. Source: Nathaniel Popper & Steve Lohr, SMH Blockchain accounting
Beers and bibles: How Coopers Created Their Own PR Disaster
The danger with a company making a political statement is that customers tend to take it seriously. South Australian brewer Coopers is owned by the Coopers family, who have been long time donors to the Bible Society along with other religious and conservative groups. It was not long before there was a massive social media backlash about Coopers' involvement in sponsoring a religious organisation to make an explicitly political point about marriage equality – a hot topic in Australia these days. When Coopers chose to sponsor a political act by a religious organisation then they forced their customers to make a choice. They could tacitly support their position by continuing to drink their product, or they could take Coopers at their word, respect their clear position on an issue that affects LGBTIQ Australians, and choose to drink something else from here on in. Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences, even for breweries. Source: Andrew P. Street, SMH Marketing fail
Quote for the month:
“The secret of crisis management is not good Vs bad; it’s preventing the bad from getting worse” Andy Gilman
USA and Australia Recognise Food Safety Systems as Comparable
Australia and the US have signed a bilateral food safety recognition agreement after five years of work. Source: Joe Whitworth, Food Navigator-Asia OZ-USA Food Agreement
Australian & New Zealand Nutrient Reference Values Publication
The NRVs (Nutrient Reference Values) are a set of recommendations for nutritional intake based on currently available scientific knowledge. In this publication, there is an introduction to the Nutrient Reference Values and how they are determined; the full reference information for each nutrient detailing the recommended nutrient value; energy content of foods, as well as a very handy food calculator – enter your specific age and gender and it is possible to see a more focused list of recommendations for each nutrient. Source: https://www.nrv.gov.au/
Imported Food Reform
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is strengthening Australia’s imported food safety system to better protect consumer health. The reform measures will also reduce the regulatory burden for compliant food importers while upholding Australia’s international obligations. Public consultation on the imported food reforms legislative changes is now open. Source: Food imports
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) such as Lysteria and Salmonella, and, Toxin / Chemical presence (processed foods and nuts) such as antibiotics, heavy metal and vitamin C. Source:Failed foods
Mentos maker Perfetti Van Melle must pay a €180,000 (AUD$255,000) fine for suggesting its chewing gum had equivalent dental health effects to brushing teeth. Source: Oliver Nieburg Gum fine
FSANZ Notifications –
Application A1142 – Addition of Prescribed Method of Analysis for Resistant Starch. The purpose of the Application is to add a method of analysis for dietary fibre and other fibre content for specifically named fibre content of food (resistant starch). Source: Food starch
NSW Food Authority Recalls –
Jinyuanbao Chinese Wonton -Jinyuanbao Investment Pty Ltd has recalled their own branded Pork Vegetable Wonton and Chicken Vegetable Wonton due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (wheat). Source: Wonton recall
Prawn Hargow Dumplings - Tasman Foods International Pty Ltd has recalled Chan’s Yum Cha at home Seafood Prawn Hargow dumplings due to the presence of undeclared allergens (soy and egg). Source: Dumpling recall
Food Babies Love - Food Babies Love has recalled their Greek Lamb Casserole, Baby Bolognaise, Fish Pie varieties due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (wheat). Source: Baby food recall
Bounce Apple Cinnamon Energy Ball -Natural High Co. Pty Ltd trading as Bounce Foods has recalled Bounce Apple Cinnamon Natural Energy Ball due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (dairy). Source: Energy snack bounced
Yummy Mini Tub Yoghurt Sultanas - Yummy Snack Foods has recalled their Yummy Mini Tub Yoghurt Sultanas due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (peanuts). Source: Yummy recall
Organix Finger Foods Baby Biscuits -Organix Finger Foods has recalled their assorted baby biscuits due to a potential choking hazard. Source: Baby biscuit bounce
Roberts Confectionery Dark Chocolate Melting Buttons - Roberts Confectionery has recalled their Dark Chocolate Melting Buttons due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (milk) Source: Melting buttons