The Six Need-To-Know Regulatory Developments Set to Shape APAC’s Food and Beverage Industry in 2019

From sugar taxes to plastic waste bans, here are six regulation and policy updates that look set to heavily influence the APAC food industry in 2019, with the help of insights from major brands, academics and trade associations.   Source: Pearly Neo and Tingmin Koe, Food Navigator-Asia Asia food regs 2019

FSANZ Notifications—

Application A1129 – Monk Fruit Extract as a Food Additive: The purpose of the Application is to permit monk fruit extract as a food additive, specifically as an intense sweetener.   Source: Monk fruit

Application A1156 – Food derived from Super High Oleic Safflower Lines 26 and 40: The purpose of this Application is to seek approval for food derived from SHO safflower lines 26 and 40, genetically modified to produce high levels of oleic acid in the seed.   Source: Oleic safflower

Application A1157 – Enzymatic production of Rebaudioside M: The purpose of this Application is to seek approval for a new specification for rebaudioside M produced by an enzymatic biosynthesis method.  Source: Rebaudioside M

Application A1158 – Rosemary extract as a food additive: The purpose of this Application is to seek approval to permit the use of rosemary extract as a food additive (antioxidant)   Source: Rosemary

Application A1174 – Xylanase from Trichoderma reesei as a PA (Enzyme): The purpose of this Application is to permit the use of Xylanase from Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid.   Source: Xylanase

December 2018 Failing Food Report

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources targets and monitors food determined to pose a high or medium risk to public health. Risk food is targeted at the rate of 100 per cent until a history of food safety compliance is established. When an emerging human health and safety hazard is identified in food, the department may temporarily increase monitoring and testing. This latest report details food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month of August. Among the pathogenic organisms detected in these imported foods were, Listeria monocytogenes, E coli, Bacillus cereus and Salmonella, as well as the toxins aflatoxin, lead, dimethoate and more.   Source: Latest failed foods

FSANZ Biennial Stakeholder Forum - 5 March 2019

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is a statutory authority in the Australian Government Health portfolio. FSANZ develops food standards for Australia and New Zealand and is holding its biennial forum on 5th March 2019, in Sydney. Titled, ‘Fit For Purpose - Food Regulation Now And In The Future’, experts representing key stakeholders will explore topics relating to the food regulation system and will take a look into the future of food regulation, food safety and food science. The one day event will be followed by a cocktail reception.   Source: FSANZ forum 

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