Proposal to Prohibit the Retail Sale of Pure and Highly Concentrated Caffeine Products

As previously reported in the July and September 2019 editions of this newsletter, there has been considerable concern over the health dangers of concentrated caffeine products. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is now calling for public comment on an urgent Proposal to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products in Australia and New Zealand.   Sources: Caffeine regulation & Caffeine regulation 2

Allergy Information for Food Manufacturers, Retailers and Importers

Food manufacturers, retailers and importers are responsible for ensuring their imports are properly labelled and for providing clear, up-to-date and accurate information about the allergen status of their product.    Source: Food allergen portal

FSANZ Releases Regulatory Science Strategy 2019–2023

This Food Standards Australia New Zealand report details the global challenges, trends and emergent risks in a dynamic food system. It describes how FSANZ will continue to align their work to Ministerial priority areas, and sets out a plan to grow scientific and risk analysis capabilities, scientific evidence base and risk assessment methodologies to underpin their standards setting activities. Through the new strategy they aim to build stronger links with academia and industry, further leverage resources through strategic partnerships and communicate the science to meet the needs of stakeholders.   Source: FSANZ regulatory strategy report

Food Recall - Core Powerfoods Frozen Meals

The recall is due to potential microbial (Salmonella Weltevreden) contamination.   Source: Core powerfoods recall

September 2019 Failing Food Report

This latest report details food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month of September. Among the usual pathogenic organisms detected in these imported foods are such organisms as Staphylococci E coli, Listeria, and Salmonella, and assorted toxins such as arsenic, aflatoxin and others.  Of particular note are the number of foods ‘failing’ due to the illegal presence of added vitamins and or minerals and also irradiation. There is also a failed ‘formulated supplementary sports food’ that contained an ‘unapproved novel food’ (Acacia rigidula).   Source: September 2019 food fails  

FSANZ Notifications—

Application A1182 – Glucose Oxidase from Trichoderma reesei as a Processing Aid (Enzyme): The purpose of this application is to approve a Glucose Oxidase enzyme preparation from Trichoderma reesei for use as a processing aid in cereal based products (baking) and egg processing.    Source: Glucose enzyme

Application A1191 – Mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids (471) as a surface coating: The purpose of this application is to extend the permission of the food additive mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids (INS 471) as a surface coating on fruit & vegetables to increase postharvest shelf life.    Source: Food coating

Proposal P1054 – Pure and highly concentrated caffeine products: This urgent proposal is to amend the Code to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products.    Source: Caffeine fix

Sticky Situation: Australia-New Zealand Tensions Rise Over Million-Dollar China Manuka Honey Battle

Australia and New Zealand have been involved in a battle over the latter’s bid to trademark the term ‘Manuka’ in China for months, with no end in sight and increasingly terse accusations flying back and forth across the Tasman Sea.    Source: (Copyright) Pearly Neo, FoodNavigator-Asia Manuka monopoly

The Lantern Project: Improving Nutrition and Food Choices for Elderly Australians

One way to enhance agency and ensure that residents of aged care facilities have access to adequate choice of nutritious foods would be to implement a mandatory legislative instrument for a nationally consistent approach to the interpretation of food laws that apply to aged care facilities. This legal requirement should have an emphasis on providing stimulating food choices even though the food safety definition of the elderly consumer is as a “vulnerable person”. The Lantern Project is a non-profit organisation with a vision to improve the quality of life of older Australians through good food and nutrition.     Source: Joe Lederman, FoodLegal The Lantern Project

The Countries with the Best and Worst Food Systems

The Netherlands is the best place to eat overall, Chad the worst. The USA has the cheapest food in the world compared to the price of other goods, but falls down for food-related health problems. Cambodia has the healthiest food, but a lot of malnourished people as well. Best Places To Eat: The Netherlands, followed by France, Switzerland (equal score); then, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Belgium (equal score), and Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Luxembourg, Australia (equal score).     Source: Ben Schiller, Fast Company Food countries

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