FSANZ Apologises to Nanotechnology Experts for Misrepresenting Views About Nanoparticles in Baby Formula

Australia's food regulator had to apologise to its own advisory group of nanotechnology experts after it "misrepresented" the group's views in its public slapdown of a study that found needle-like nanoparticles in baby formula. Tests by an Arizona State University team showed the presence of needle-shaped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles – which the European Union's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety had concluded was potentially toxic – in two formula products.    Source: Ester Han, SMH Nanoparticles

Australian Government Failing Foods Report

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS) compiles and publishes data from inspections of imported food consignments in its monthly failing food reports. Future consignments of the food from producers of failing foods will be inspected at the rate of 100 per cent of consignments until the food demonstrates compliance with Australian food standards. Failing food reports identify foods that have failed analytical testing or do not meet the compositional requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The reports do not list foods that have failed for noncompliant labels. The latest report is for December 2017 and details the failings of 36 different foods stopped at Australian borders. Various sea-foods and spices were the main culprits and microbial contamination with salmonella, E. coli and even vibrio cholera being found in the product.    Source: Food fails

NSW Food Authority Recalls —

De Bortoli Woodfired Heathcote Sparkling Shiraz: De Bortoli Wines has recalled Woodfired Heathcote Sparkling Shiraz due to exposure to sustained heat for extended periods which may cause the bottle to shatter.    Source: Hot wine

Coconut Milk Powder Non Organic / Non GMO: Murray River Organics Pty Ltd has recalled Coconut Milk Powder Non Organic / Non GMO from The Source Bulk Foods stores due to the presence of undeclared allergen (milk).    Source: Coconut milk

Tasmanian Smokehouse Australia Sliced Smoked Salmon: Tassal Operations Pty Ltd has recalled Tasmanian Smokehouse Australia Sliced Smoked Salmon for sale in Food Works Summerland Point NSW store only, due to the application of incorrect use by date.    Source: Tassal hassle

Golden North Ice Cream - assorted products: Golden North Pty Ltd has recalled assorted frozen ice cream products (various flavours and sizes) due to the possible presence of small metal pieces in the ice cream.    Source: Metal ice-cream

Mamee Monster Rice Sticks Vegetable Flavour: The recall is due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (gluten).    Source: Gluten allergy

Fruit Mince Tarts: The recall is due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (tree nuts - pistachios).    Source: Nut allergy

Coles Potato Salad: Coles has recalled Coles Potato Salad due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (gluten/wheat).    Source: Potato salad

NZ Sausage Smuggler Sent Packing

A Belgian air passenger has been forced to leave New Zealand after attempting to smuggle 3 sausages into Auckland. Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) staff intercepted the sausages on Sunday after the passenger attempted to conceal them in a backpack when passing through biosecurity checks at Auckland Airport. "One of our x-ray operators spotted the risk items. They turned out to be pork and salami sausages, both of which could have carried diseases with the potential to cause major harm to New Zealand agriculture," says Craig Hughes, MPI's north passenger manager. The passenger was refused entry to New Zealand after the man admitted he intended to hide the sausages from biosecurity officials.    Source: Silly sausage

Fine for NZ Plant Smuggler

An air passenger has been fined $2250 for following his cousin's advice to smuggle plant cuttings and seeds into New Zealand. Deo Rajan Gounder appeared in the Manukau District Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty of trying to bring 4 plants and 11 seeds into Auckland Airport in July last year. MPI biosecurity officers found the plant material at the bottom of a chilly bin containing food. Two of the cuttings were Neem plants. The others were unidentified.    Source: Plant smuggler

FSANZ Calls for Comment on Changes to Maximum Residue Limits

Food Standards Australia & New Zealand has called for submissions on a proposal to change maximum residue limits for some agricultural and veterinary chemicals. The closing date for submissions is COB 26 February 2018.    Source: MRL comments

FSANZ Notifications —

Application A1130 – Triacylglycerol Lipase as a Processing Aid (Enzyme): The purpose of this Application is to permit the use of triacylglycerol lipase from Candida cylindracea as a processing aid in baking, dairy foods processing and fats and oils processing.    Source: Food enzyme 1

Application 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: Food enzyme 2

Application A1155 – 2’-FL and LNnT as novel foods in infant formula and other products: The purpose of the Application is to permit voluntary use of 2’-O-Fucosyllactose (2’-FL) alone or in combination with Lacto-N-neotetraose (LNnT), produced by similar but independent proprietary fermentation processes, as novel foods in infant formula (IF), follow-on formula (FOF) and formulated supplementary foods for young children (FSFYC) (specifically milk products).    Source: Novel infant food

Codex Committee on Food Additives Convenes in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China

The 50th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives will be held from the 26th to the 30th March 2018 in Xiamen, Fujian Province China. The Session will begin at 9:00 on Monday 26 March 2018. The Session will be conducted in English, French, Spanish and Chinese. All participants should provide their information (names and addresses) through the online registration system by 26 February 2018.    Source: Codex conference

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