Failing Food Reports – May and June 2020

These latest reports detail food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the months of May and June. Among the usual pathogens detected in these imported foods are such organisms as Salmonella (found in Si Lankan chili), Bacillus cereus (found in Chinese tofu – again!), Listeria monocytogenes  (found in French cheese – again!), and assorted toxins such as Tebuconazole (found in USA oranges),  histamine (found in many varying dried seafoods), lead (found in Taiwanese salted plums) and the illegal addition of vitamins to many foods.      Sources: May 2020 failed foods ; June 2020 failed food

ANZ Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation Communiqué

The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation is a joint organisation that makes the laws, policies, standards and processes used to make sure our food is safe to eat. The Forum has published two important outcomes from its most recent meeting held on 17 July 2020:

Proposal P1050 - Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages: The Forum accepted the proposed draft standard for pregnancy warning labels, subject to two amendments: a change to the signal words from ‘HEALTH WARNING’ to ‘PREGNANCY WARNING’, and an extended transition period for implementation, from two years to three years;

Health Star Rating (HSR) Five Year Review: Ministers endorsed the Review Implementation Plan (concerning definitions of ‘fresh’ foods, Health Star Rating calculator, and interim update targets), and an implementation start date of 15 November 2020.     Source: Forum communique

Winemaker Backs Tough New Pregnancy Warning Label Ahead of Tight Vote

Winemaker Chris Carpenter has broken ranks with alcohol industry lobbyists to back the food regulator's proposed new mandatory pregnancy warning label for alcohol bottles, as politicians prepare to vote on the hotly contested issue. State, territory, federal and New Zealand food ministers are expected to be closely split when they next meet to weigh up the label recommended by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand. It has black, white and red text stating "PREGNANCY WARNING: Alcohol can cause lifelong harm to your baby".    Source: Dana McCauley, SMH Alcohol and pregnancy warning statement    (Please see also Alcohol pregnancy warning debate )  

Community Detention and Fine for Selling Potentially Hazardous Goat Meat in NZ

A dairy owner, Ananda Krishna, and a company, Shop ND Save Limited, have been sentenced in Christchurch District Court for processing and selling goat meat outside of food safety rules and having unhygienic practices. Mr Krishna, 54, was convicted and sentenced to 200 hours' community work and the company was fined $2,250. During a search of the premises on 19 June 2019, 50 kilograms of diced goat meat were found in a freezer. Mr Krishna admitted processing goat meat himself on the band saw. Maggots fell out from the band saw equipment when it was opened. The equipment also contained bird faeces, which are known to harbour pathogenic bacteria.    Source: NZ food fail

FSANZ Notifications –

P1050 – Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages (REVIEW): Following the latest review, FSANZ has reaffirmed the amendment with a change to the signal words from 'HEALTH WARNING' to 'PREGNANCY WARNING', and an extended transition period for implementation from two years to three years.    Source: Alcohol pregnancy label warning

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