Australian and New Zealand honey producers in dispute over the word Manuka

The New Zealand government is throwing its support behind the Manuka Honey Appellation Society, which represents a group of New Zealand producers, for a certification mark on the word “manuka”. The Australian Manuka Honey Association is opposing the application. Manuka honey is produced from the nectar of Leptospermum scoparium, which is indigenous to both Australia and New Zealand.    Source: Sydney Morning Herald


Recall of “Yummy” snacks due to presence of soy and wheat

Yummy Snack Foods has recalled their Pink Berry Bliss, Drake Brand Strawberry Yoghurt Mix, Yummy Brand Choc Orange Lounge Mix, and Drake Brand Chocolate Orange Mix (400g) with all best before dates. The recall was due to the presence of undeclared allergens, soy and wheat.    Source:


FSANZ calls for comment: Processing aid from a new source

FSANZ is calling for comment on an application to allow an already approved processing aid to be produced from a new genetically modified (GM) source. The enzyme β-galactosidase is already approved in the Food Standards Code and has a long history of safe use. This application is looking to produce the same enzyme from a GM strain of Bacillus subtilis.    Source: FSANZ


Review of the standard for Infant Formula

FSANZ is calling for comments on Proposal P1028– Infant Formula Products Consultation paper 1. To read about the background and learn how to make a submission, refer to FSANZ website. Also at this site there is information on a proposed new method of analysing for dietary fibre - the AOAC method 2017.16 (Rapid Integrated Total Dietary Fibre Method).


Failing Food Report – March 2021

Foods inspected at the border, includes risk food test results (Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, E. coli, aflatoxin, hydrocyanic acid, iodine) and surveillance food test results (including additives and vitamins not permitted in certain foods).    Source: Dept of Agriculture, Water and Environment


Approvals and amendments to the Food Standards Code

A1193 – Irradiation as a phytosanitary measure for all fresh fruit and vegetables

A1206 – Subtilisin from GM Bacillus licheniformis as a PA (enzyme)

A1207 – Rebaudioside M as Steviol Glycoside

A1216 – Food derived from herbicide-tolerant canola line MON94100

Application A1205 – Disodium Adenosine 5’ Triphosphate as a nutritive substance in sport foods: Application to amend the Food Standards Code to permit the use of Disodium Adenosine 5’ Triphosphate (Na2ATP) as a nutritive substance in Standard 2.9.4 - Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods.

RFA Breaking News

Cosmetics, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Melbourne e-commerce business fined $13k for unauthorised imports. Investigators from AICIS have fined a Melbourne e-commerce order fulfilment business more than $13,000 for allegedly importing industrial chemicals without the required…



Review of import policy for mushrooms an trifles. The review will consider permitted and prohibited species, country of origin differences, target and hitchhiker pests, substrates approved for use, sterilisation requirements;…


Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

TGA Website Redevelopment. The TGA is “modernising” its website. Some links will change, and some old pages removed. The TGA is presenting a webinar on 7th and 12th July. To…


Cosmetic, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Useful resources for labelling of products Label your products.    Source: Labelling, SDS and packaging.    Source: Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) Cosmetic labelling.    Source: ACCC Product Safety Australia  …



Research into vitamin D levels in the population A number of FSANZ staff recently contributed to a journal article investigating vitamin D in Australian diets. This study showed that vitamin…


Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

Advertising - testimonials and endorsements. This is a new TGA guidance document that explains the difference between testimonials and endorsements, and which types of each are permitted. For example, testimonials:…


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