Failing food reports for September 2021

Risk food test results – aflatoxins, Salmonella and histamine continue to be commonly detected.    Source: Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Surveillance food tests includes random inspection of imported foods. Includes non-permitted ingredients such as vitamins and minerals and prohibited plants.    Source: Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment


Branded Food Database

FSANZ along with GS1 Australia are preparing a database that will enable consumers easy access to product information for thousands of foods and beverages, including nutrition information panel, listed ingredients, pack and serve size and health star rating along with dietary fibre and fruit, vegetable, nut and legume content.    Source: FSANZ


Energy labelling of alcoholic beverages

Options are being considered. Unlike most other packaged food and beverages, labels on most packaged alcoholic beverages do not provide information about energy content.   Source: FSANZ


Call for comment on Very Low Energy Diets

An application has been received to modify this standard to bring it into line with other international regulations for similar products.    Source: FSANZ


Call for comment - new source for an enzyme processing aid

The enzyme beta-fructofuranosidase has a long history of safe use and is already sourced from microorganisms. This application is to seek approval to produce the enzyme from a strain of bacterium known as Aspergillus fijiensis. FSANZ's safety assessment found no health and safety concerns for Australian and New Zealand consumers.    Source: FSANZ 



An application has been submitted to FSANZ to permit the sale of low-delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) hemp leaf, seed sprout and root as food and food ingredients in Australia and New Zealand.    Source: FSANZ


National food recalls

This month, two were due to undeclared allergens (milk in Fresh Food Enterprises IQ Bars, and egg in YBC Picola Strawberry), and three were due to contaminants (Vibrio parahaemolyticus in raw Pacific oysters from Coffin Bay, Listeria monocytogenes in Snackers Market Tasty Cheese and Mini Crackers and Pretzels, and also in Good to Go Tasty Cheese Salami and Cabanossi).    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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