Failing Food Report

This report details food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme. The noncompliant 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 and at the importer’s expense. Future consignments continue to be targeted at 100 per cent until a history of compliance is established. Typical microbiological contamination was by E. coli,  salmonella, and Listeria monocytogenes. Toxin testing showed repeated instances of aflatoxin and histamine contamination, especially in peanut butters and dried anchovies. Of particular interest to suppliers of ‘formulated sports supplements’ was that 4 USA sourced products were found, after random sampling of imports, to contain either non-permitted ingredients or ingredients that were deemed to be ‘in excess of levels permitted’. Let the food importer beware.   Source:  Failing foods

Does the New Country of Origin Labelling Apply to Inner Packs?

The new Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard takes mandatory effect as of 1 July 2018. As with any new piece of legislation, there any many concerns and uncertainties as to how the Information Standard will be interpreted and enforced. However, this article does not tackle a grey area but rather a regulatory issue that appears to have been forgotten by the Department of Industry in drafting the Standard and currently ignored by the ACCC in guiding the food industry to achieve compliance. Namely: does the new country of origin labelling apply to inner packs?   Source: Charles Fisher, Food-Legal CoOL foods

Mandatory Labelling for Lupin Starts Soon

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reminding food businesses that mandatory allergen labelling requirements for lupin begin on 26 May 2018. FSANZ CEO, Mark Booth, said lupin is a legume which belongs to the same plant family as peanuts, and has the potential to be an allergen. “In Australia, lupin has not typically been used in food, however, due to its high protein and fibre content we are seeing an increase in its use,” Mr Booth said. “In 2017, lupin was added to the list of allergens that must be declared on food labels. Food businesses were given 12 months to meet these requirements. “Any foods that contain lupin must declare it on the label from 26 May 2018 – even if it’s already on the shelf. “Correct allergen labelling can mean the difference between life and death for people with food allergies so it is vital that food businesses get it right.   Source: Lupin labelling

UK Supermarket Chain Tesco to Ditch Best-Before Dates – Australia to Follow?

Supermarket chain Woolworths has indicated it is open to the possibility of removing best-before dates from some products following Tesco (UK) chain’s decision to ditch the labelling. Tesco said best-before dates would no longer appear on packaged produce because the labels were leading to shoppers throwing away “perfectly edible” food. Campaigners have welcomed the move by Tesco. Food donation organisation Oz Harvest told it was a “bold move” and encouraged Australian retailers to do the same. It has called on Australia’s food labelling regulations to be reassessed.   Source: Best-before

Australian (NSW) Food Authority RecallsSource: Current recalls

Sweet Bondi Tapioca Coconut Milk Puddings - due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (milk).

Mini Classics Ice Creams - due to potential contamination with metal fragments.

oh so natural Wholefoods Almond, Cashew and Cranberry Bites - due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (peanut).

Red Kellys Tasmania Creamy Caesar Dressing - due to the presence of undeclared allergens (egg, dairy and fish).

FSANZ Notifications —

Proposal P1048 – Code revision 2018 - The purpose of the Proposal is to make minor amendments including the correction of typographical errors, inconsistencies and formatting issues and updating of references.   Source: Code revision

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: Protein enzyme

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: Resistant starch

A1147 – Food derived from Herbicide-tolerant Cotton Line GHB811 - The purpose of the Application is to seek approval for food derived from cotton line GHB811, genetically modified to provide resistance to isoxaflutole and glyphosate.   Source: Tolerant cotton

Application A1161 – Potassium Polyaspartate as a food additive in wine - The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of Potassium Polyaspartate as a food additive in wine at levels of good manufacturing practice (GMP).   Source: Polyaspartate in wine


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