Government Grant Round Opens to Enhance Food Chain Traceability

The Department of Agriculture is inviting applications for grants to fund projects to enhance traceability in the food supply chain, enhancing trust in Australian-grown products and boosting the competitiveness of agricultural exporters. An initial $4 million round of Traceability Grants Program funding, opening from January 8, will be available to individuals, communities, government or private sector organisations, as well as agricultural export industries, to enhance traceability in supply chains. The program will provide opportunities for successful applicants to carry out projects that enhance product traceability and the competitiveness of Australian produce, for example by supporting assertions around organic or location-specific production.    Source: Food traceability grants

Food Importers and Food Allergen Management

Importers of foods are reminded of the importance of understanding the supply chain for foods they import and any potential for allergen cross contact to inform risk management including appropriate allergen labelling. There have been several food recalls related to undeclared allergens, in Australia and internationally. Most recently, pesto and associated products were recalled because they contained an undeclared allergen (peanut). Peanut had contaminated one of the ingredients (processed cashew) used in these products. The recall included imported products and product manufactured in Australia from imported ingredients.    Source: Food allergy contamination

ACCC Announces 2020 Compliance and Enforcement Priorities

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has outlined its priorities for 2020 and has stated that the growing community attention to health-related issues has led the ACCC to take a more active role in preventing deceptive conduct in the marketing of food products. “Misleading claims about health or nutritional benefits harm consumers as they often pay a higher price for products without receiving the benefits claimed,” said ACCC Chair, Rod Sims.   Source: ACCC 2020 priorities

FSANZ Notifications—

Application A1155 – 2’-FL and LNnT in infant formula and other products: The purpose of the application is to permit the voluntary use of 2’-O-fucosyllactose (2’-FL) alone or in combination with Lacto-N-neotetraose (LNnT), produced by microbial fermentation using genetically modified Escherichia coli (E.coli) strains, in infant formula products and formulated supplementary foods for young children.   Source: GM E. coli in FSFYC

Application A1171 – Endo-inulinase from GM Aspergillus oryzae as a Processing aid (Enzyme): The purpose of this Application is to permit the use of Endo-Inulinase produced from a GM modified strain of Aspergillus oryzae as a Processing aid.    Source: GM aspergillus 1

Application A1176 – Enzymatic production of Steviol Glycosides: The purpose of this application is to seek approval for a new specification for steviol glycosides produced by an enzymatic conversion method using enzymes derived from genetically modified strains of Escherichia coli (E. coli).    Source: GM E. coli

Application A1181 – Maximum residue limits for Imazapyr in Barley Grain: The purpose of this application is to increase the maximum residue limit for imazapyr in barley grain from 0.05ppm to 0.7ppm.   Source: Barley MRL

Application A1184 – Glucoamylase from GM Aspergillus niger (donor Trametes cingulata): ​​​The purpose of the application is to approve the use of glucoamylase sourced from GM Aspergillus niger containing the gene from Trametes cingulata.   Source: GM aspergillus 2

Application A1185 – Alpha-amylase from GM Aspergillus niger as a processing aid (enzyme): ​​​​The purpose of this application is to approve the use of Alpha-amylasee sourced from Rhizomucor pusillus in GM Aspergillus niger.   Source: Aspergillus enzyme

Proposal P1050 – Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages: This proposal seeks to revise the warning statement to read: “Alcohol can cause lifelong harm to your baby” from, “Any amount of alcohol can harm your baby”, and also to revise the specific colour printing requirements of that warning text.   Source: Warning statement


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