Incorrect Health Claims: Ads for Pete Evans's Alkaline Water Land Supplier in Trouble

The Advertising Standards Community Panel received complaints about advertising on Alka Power's website in particular to claims made about the PH of the water and its ability to remedy the medical problem of acidosis. The advertising watchdog has found marketing for Alka Power, which produces branded water for celebrity chef Pete Evans, breached the food and beverages advertising code. Claims that the water deactivates peptides secreted in the stomach called pepsin and increases bone density were found by the Advertising Standards Community Panel to be incorrect. The pH alkaline water is produced through a natural process of infusing spring water with ionic marine-based minerals. It is produced by Alka Power, which was founded by Steve Pettaros in 2012 and employs nine people in Mittagong in New South Wales southern highlands, turning over around $1 million a year.    Source: Cara Waters, SMH Alkaline water

NZ MPI Amends Regulations for Importing Foods

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has issued an amendment to the Food Notice: Importing Food. The notice, dated 28 February 2019, amends Schedule 1 to include Fiji as a country permitted to import the High Regulatory Interest food bovine meat and meat products. (Import of Australian or New Zealand origin beef from Fiji is permitted with the presentation of an official certificate), and Schedule 3 to extend the approved laboratory approval periods out till the 29 February 2020. Contact details for the approved labs were also updated.    Source: NZ food regs

FSANZ Releases Food Recall Statistics for 2018

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released data on Australian food recalls in 2018, including new information on the causes of allergen labelling-related recalls. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said there were 100 recalls in 2018, up from 69 in 2017, with 46 per cent of these due to undeclared allergens, followed by microbial contamination (20 per cent). “These results demonstrate that food businesses in Australia need to be across the mandatory allergen labelling requirements in the Food Standards Code,” Mr Booth said.  “FSANZ has identified four key causes of allergen-related recalls, including lack of skills and knowledge of labelling requirements, supplier verification, packaging errors and accidental cross contamination.    Source: 2018 food recall statistics

FSANZ Notifications—

A1149 – Addition of Steviol Glycosides in Fruit Drinks: The purpose of the Application is to seek approval to … … include the addition of steviol glycosides in Fruit Drinks at a level of 200 mg/kg steviol equivalents.   Source: Steviol drink

Application A1162–Triacylglycerol lipase preparation from Trichoderma reesei as a Processing Aid (Enzyme).   Source: Glycerol lipase

Application A1165 – Lysophospholipase from Trichoderma reesei as a Processing Aid (Enzyme).   Source: Trichoderma enzyme

Application A1167 – Lactase from Bacillus subtilis as a Processing Aid (Enzyme).   Source: B. subtilis lactase 

Application A1175 – Rapeseed protein as a novel food: The purpose of the Application is to seek approval to permit the use of rapeseed protein as a novel food.    Source: Rapeseed protein

China Fights Fake Food: Authorities Vow to 'Bankrupt' Firms Responsible and 'Reward' Whistle Blowers

Chinese authorities are trying to reduce the prevalence of fake food by imposing heavier penalties on manufacturers and sellers until "they are made bankrupt". Authorities have identified a number of key products for heavy monitoring with food, medicine and products for children and the elderly topping the list.    Source: (Copyright) Tingmin Koe, Food Navigator-Asia  China food crackdown   

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