Latest Regulatory Affairs Newsletter

A collection of regulatory news from this month.

 

What You Need to Know About Australia’s Health Star Rating on Foods

The Federal Government's Health Star Rating claims to "take some of the guess work out of shopping" and help consumers "make smarter choices" when it comes to buying food. But when Milo, a chocolate powder that's almost 50 per cent sugar, clinches 4.5 (out of 5) stars, how much can we trust the system? Alexandra Jones from the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney told AM radio that the food industry is intentionally prolonging a review of the scheme's rules. "It's a well-known tactic of the food industry to ask for more evidence and consultation as a way of delaying meaningful public health policy," Ms Jones said.    Source: ABC.net Food stars ;

Related story: Try this quick quiz Health Star Ratings: Can you guess which of these foods have more stars? Source: Food star quiz

Australia Food Safety Week

This year's theme is 'Is it done yet? Use a thermometer for great food, cooked safely every time'. Information and activities can be found here: Food safety week ; See also Raw and Risky Foods Quiz

 NSW Food Authority Recalls—

Ming Lee Trading Pty Ltd Dried Black Dates: Ming Lee Trading Pty Ltd has recalled Dried Black due to the presence of a chemical contaminant.    Source: Bad dates ; See also: Food recall FAQs

FSANZ Publishes Annual Report 2016-2017

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) supports and encourages the dissemination and exchange of information. FSANZ’s purpose is to contribute to the cooperative food regulatory system by developing evidence-based standards, providing evidence-based advice, coordinating regulatory responses and providing information about food standards.    Source: Annual report

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: Starch Application A1151–Beta-Galactosidase from Papiliotrema terrestris as a Processing Aid (Enzyme): The purpose of the Application is to amend Schedule 18 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to include ß-Galactosidase from Papiliotrema terrestris as a Processing Aid.    Source: B-galactosidase

Application A1150 – Glucosylated Steviol Glycosides: The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of glucosylated steviol glycosides as an intense sweetener in various foods.    Source: Steviols

Proposal P1034 – Chemical Migration from Packaging into Food: The purpose of this Proposal is to assess the public health and safety risk of chemicals which may migrate from packaging materials into food, and to identify and manage any risks.    Source: Plastics risk ; Editor’s note: due to “FSANZ’s risk assessment (concluding) that the human health risk posed by CMPF in Australia and New Zealand is low” it has therefore abandoned further study of this issue Summary & conclusion

 

 

ACCC Concludes Investigation Into ALDI 'Flushable' Wipes

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has completed its investigation into ALDI’s ‘flushable’ wipes and will take no further action after ALDI stopped selling its personal hygiene wipes and removed potentially misleading claims from its bathroom cleaning wipes packaging. In July this year, the ACCC raised concerns with ALDI regarding its promotion of certain ‘flushable’ wipes products. At the time, ALDI was promoting the Green Action Flushable Bathroom Cleaning Wipes (100pk) in its Special Buys catalogue. The product included claims that the wipes were ‘flushable’ and able to ‘disintegrate in the sewage system’. ALDI responded to the ACCC’s concerns by removing the product from sale. “The ACCC raised concerns with ALDI about the use of the term ‘flushable’ on its wipes packaging, as this claim may mislead consumers if it cannot be substantiated. Australian water authorities face significant problems when non-suitable products are flushed down the toilet as they contribute to blockages in household and municipal sewerage systems,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.    Source: Flushable wipes

Researchers Claim to Find Link Between Hair Dye and Breast Cancer (again!)

Professor Kefah Mokbel, a breast cancer surgeon at the Princess Grace Hospital in central London, has recently been reported to have reviewed studies of whether women who dyed their hair had a greater risk of breast cancer. He found a 14 per cent rise. However, the study upon which these conclusions are based is not identified. Nevertheless, this story was published in both The Australian newspaper and UK Metro at about the same time this month. Please note that the supposed link between hair dyes and cancer is not new and has been debunked at both the Australian based Furphies.org http://www.furphies.org.au/hair-colorants.html  and the UK CTPA has posted the statement “Hair Dyes Are Safe To Use” on their www.thefactsabout.co.uk  website. 

Robert Forbes and all of our associates are aware of the great tragedy that has recently unfolded in USA. As regular visitors to Supply Side West at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas  we have been personally saddened at this great loss. We send all of our readers our love and best wishes as we all try to come to terms with this senseless suffering and immense pain. Let the healing begin.

 

Marketing Claims Under Scrutiny at Upcoming Colmar Brunton Event

Market research agency Colmar Brunton has announced a Melbourne seminar on how to make substantive marketing claims. To be held on the morning of Wednesday 15 November 2017, the ‘How to make claims stick’ seminar will include presentations by FoodLegal Principal, Charles Fisher and National FMCG Director, Dr Denise Hamblin. Charles will discussing how to substantiate marketing claims in Australia from a legal perspective. He will be sharing with us the risks and how to avoid consumer misinterpretation as well as insights into making sure the market wants what we’re claiming before we embark on NPD.    Source: Australian Food News Marketing seminar

 

Quote for the month:

“At first they will ask why you are doing it. Then they will ask how you did it”    Anon

 

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RFA Training Courses for Listed Medicines, Foods, Cosmetics – Now Available

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You can find more information at RFA Training Courses or email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to discuss your requirements.

 

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The Rise of Vegan, Gluten-Free and Kombucha

Fancy a vegan steak with a gluten-free beer? It appears you’re not alone. Over the past few years, the number of veggie and vegan foods available in Australia has soared. According to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), between 2014 and 2016 there was a 92 per cent increase in the number of food products launched in Australia carrying a vegan claim, and an eight per cent increase in the number of products launched carrying a vegetarian claim. While meat and regular alcoholic drinks may be off the menu, the hottest drink trend – kombucha – is well and truly on. Australia played host to the second highest number of kombucha drink launches globally in 2016, just behind the USA. Kombucha is proving to be far more than a fad and its popularity is gradually spreading amongst health-conscious consumers globally.    Source: (for link) The Vegan supremacy

9 Surefire Ways to Supercharge Your Strategic Planning

‘Dwight Eisenhower once said, “In planning for battle, I have always felt that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” I love that quote, because it speaks to the priority of the planning process over even the plan itself. But even if plans are seen as useless, or our skills as planners are marginal, we still must respect the process of planning. In my experience, this is exactly where most companies fall short. Companies are not very strategic about being strategic; they lack a planning process for their planning process … …’   Source: Brett Duncan, via World of Direct Selling Strategic planning

 

Quote for the month:

“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal”    Anon.

 

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