Special Report: Strawberry Tampering and its Aftermath

This article from Food Legal addresses the February 2019 report by government body Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). FSANZ had been commissioned to examine regulatory deficiencies in relation to the Australian horticultural supply chain and food incident response protocols following a major strawberry tampering incident in 2018. This article examines the lack of progress.    Source: Joe Lederman, Food Legal Strawberry tampering

FSANZ Conducts Biennial Stakeholder Survey

Food Standards Australia & New Zealand regulates the supply of foods in these countries and wants to know how you think they are performing in their key role of developing food standards, your understanding of their role and how well they are communicating what they do. Please take a moment and complete the survey which should take about 4 minutes: FSANZ survey

FSANZ Notifications—

Application A1160 – Aspergillopepsin I from Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid (enzyme): The purpose of this Application is to seek approval to permit the enzyme Aspergillo-pepsin-I from Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid for the production of potable alcohol products and protein processing.    Source: Enzyme

Application A1170 – Rebaudioside MD as a Steviol Glycoside from Saccharomyces cerevisiae: The purpose of the Application is to seek approval for a steviol glycoside mixture (Reb MD) for use as an intense sweetener, produced from a genetically modified Saccharomyces cerevisiae.    Source: Sweetener

Premium New Zealand Honey Producer Admits Adding Chemicals

A New Zealand company has pleaded guilty to charges of adding artificial chemicals to its premium manuka honey, in a flagship prosecution over a product that is a high-value export for the country. New Zealand Food Safety filed the case against Auckland-based Evergreen Life, whose products were pulled from shelves in 2016 by the Ministry for Primary Industries, which said they might contain "non-approved substances". Evergreen Life and a company manager, Jason Lee, have pleaded guilty to seven representative charges of selling adulterated honey with intent to deceive for material gain and of selling non-compliant honey.    Source: Lidia Kelly, SMH NZ honey dope

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