Olive Oil Botanical Adulterants Prevention Bulletin Published

The American Botanical Council (ABC) examines the quality of commercially available olive oil and finds it to be among the most frequently adulterated food ingredients worldwide. The fraud includes mainly substitution with lower-cost vegetable oils, lower-grade olive oils such as refined olive oil or pomace oil (the pomace is the solid material remaining after pressing the fruit to remove the oil), and inaccurate country-of-origin labelling.   Source: Olive oil scams

Failing Food Report – April 2020

These latest reports detail food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month of April. Among the usual pathogens detected in these imported foods are such organisms as Bacillus cereus (found in Chinese tofu), Listeria monocytogenes  (found in French cheese), and assorted toxins such as hydrocyanic acid (found in Indian tapioca chips),  histamine (found in many varying dried seafoods), lead (found in Indian tamarind) and the illegal addition of vitamins to many foods.      Source: April 2020 failed foods

Sugar Tax: Australian Sugar Sweetened Beverage Consumption Slumps as Obesity Rates Continue to Soar

Volume sales of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) have declined over the past 22 years in Australia by almost one-third despite the country's ongoing obesity problem, with industry leaders claiming this calls into question repeated calls for a sugar tax.   Source: (Copyright) Guan Yu Lim, Food Navigator-Asia Sugar tax concerns

FSANZ Notifications -

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

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: GM aspergillus 2

Application A1194 – Glucoamylase from GM Trichoderma reesei as PA (Enzyme): The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of glucoamylase sourced from GM Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid.   Source: GM trichoderma

Application A1195 – Alpha-amylase as a processing aid (enzyme): The purpose of the application is to permit the use of Alpha-amylase as a processing aid in brewed beverages and potable alcohol production.    Source: Alcohol enzyme

Proposal P1050 – Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages: FSANZ seeks to reaffirm the proposed amendment to alcoholic beverages with two changes: the signal words HEALTH WARNING are changed to PREGNANCY WARNING; and, the transition period for implementation of the pregnancy warning label is extended from two to three years.   Source: Pregnancy alcohol warning

 

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