Applications, approvals and amendments to the Food Standards Code

FSANZ has commended assessing applications for:

The steviol glycoside, rebaudioside I, produced by enzymatic bioconversion of stevia leaf extract. The bioconversion enzymes are derived from a genetically modified yeast strain, Pichia pastoris.    Source: FSANZ

Maltogenic alpha amylase, sourced from GM Escherichia coli, as a processing aid in baking, brewing and starch processing.   SourceFSANZ

Food derived from wheat line IND-00412-7, genetically modified for drought-tolerance.   SourceFSANZ


Calls for comment on proposed changes

Summarises issues on which FSANZ has called for comment. The deadlines are mostly in September, and include nutrient composition of infant formula products, maltogenic alpha amylase enzyme from genetically modified Bacillus lichenformis, 2’-fucosyllactose in infant formula products, substances used in sports foods, and the safety of titanium dioxide as a food additive.    Source: FSANZ


Failing Food Report – June 2021

Foods inspected at the border. Includes risk food test results and surveillance food test results.    Source: Dept Agriculture, Water and the Environment


Current food recalls

Summarises recalls to up until 10th August. Four recalls in August include Leggo’s Fresh Napoli Sauce, Conroy’s smallgoods, Jordan Rover dates and Koo canned mixed vegetable varieties.    Source: FSANZ.


Biosecurity import conditions

BICON is the Australian Government's database of more than 20,000 plants, animals, minerals and biological products. You can search the database to determine what import conditions may exist and if an import permit is required.    Source: Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment


26th Australian Total Diet Study published

FSANZ has released the results of the study which looked at levels of persistent organic pollutants including dioxins, dioxin-like compounds and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in food. Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the results are good news.    Source: FSANZ

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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