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; and on-arrival management.    Source: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

 

Imported food requirements.  Information for food importers and brokers acting on behalf of food importers.    Source: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

 

Australia’s Food Safety Report Card. Release for the UN World Food Safety Day. Items noted included ︎Less diagnosed salmonella. ︎We are washing raw chicken less. ✖︎Handwashing decreases ✖︎Need to close the gender gap. (Women sanitised more often than men) ✖︎Stop picking or eating those wild mushrooms. ✖︎Finally, a big fail for some of the social media giants such as Facebook and WeChat who continue to advertise unregulated food for sale.    Source: Food Safety Information Council.

 

Public consultations that are still open

Food derived from EPA and DHA producing and herbicide-tolerant canola line LBFLFK.    Source: FSANZ

Glucoamylase from GM Aspergillus niger (gene donor: Gloeophyllum trabeum) as a processing aid.    Source: FSANZ

Alpha-amylase from GM Bacillus licheniformis as a processing aid.    Source: FSANZ

 

Approvals – variations arising from applications and proposals

Maximum Residue Limits (2021).    Source: FSANZ

Cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) as a processing aid.    Source: FSANZ

 

Changes to Health Star Rating system. The Health Star Rating is a front-of-pack labelling system that rates the overall nutrition profile of packaged foods with a rating from ½ a star to 5 stars. Changes are due to come into effect by 14 November 2022.    Source: NSW Food Authority newsletter.

 

New applications

Bovine lactoferrin in infant formula products.    Source: FSANZ

Very Low Energy Diets (VLED). This application seeks to amend the Food Standards Code to include foods suited for Very Low Energy Diets in foods for special medical purposes.    Source: FSANZ

 

Food Recalls

Dineamic Creamy Pesto Pumpkin Gnocchi With Broccoli – presence of a foreign matter – plastic.    Source: FSANZ

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