Amendments to Imported Food Regulations

Recent changes to the Imported Food Control Regulations 2019 take effect on 1 October 2019 and will impact on the operation of the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS). The 3 changes are: 1. Commercial imports taken to be for private consumption are now reduced from 10 kilograms or 10 litres to 1 kilogram or 1 litre; 2. All commercial imports (even if for ‘personal use’) of prohibited plants and fungi will be subject to the IFIS, regardless of weight; and, 3. Clarification of powers of authorised officers.    Source: Imported food amendments

NZ’s MPI Reviews Folic Acid Fortification of Food

The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries is seeking feedback on options for strengthening fortification of bread or fortifying wheat flour, including the addition of folic acid. Folic acid is an essential B vitamin important for the healthy development of babies early in pregnancy. There is overwhelming evidence that consuming sufficient folic acid before conception and during early pregnancy can prevent many cases of neural tube defects such as spina bifida. The consultation runs from 1 October to 12 November 2019.    Source: Folic acid consultation 1 & Folic acid consultation 2  

FSANZ Issues its Annual Report for 2018-19

Food Standards Australia & New Zealand’s annual report provides a snapshot of what they’ve been up to in the past year and the many activities delivered to support the food regulation system. Apart from its primary focus on developing food standards generally, it was also an important year for stakeholder engagement, with FSANZ’s first biennial stakeholder forum. 2018–19 also saw more than 100 food incidents and recalls coordinated by the food safety team. This was a record number for the agency and included the strawberry tampering incident of September 2018.    Source: FSANZ annual report

FSANZ Weighs in on Caffeine Controversy

Following on from recent major health concerns regarding pure caffeine supplements (please see reports in the July and September 2019 issues of this newsletter), FSANZ has produced an infographic and other helpful material related to caffeine consumption and its safety, or otherwise. If your supplement contains caffeine as an ingredient, or even if you want to know more about your own caffeine consumption, then please go to: FSANZ caffeine controversy

FSANZ Notifications—

Application A1181 – Maximum residue limits for Imazapyr in Barley Grain: The purpose of this application is to increase the maximum residue limit for imazapyr in barley grain from 0.05ppm to 0.7ppm   Source: Barley residue

Application A1184 – Glucoamylase from GM Aspergillus niger (donor Trametes cingulata): ​​​The purpose of the application is to approve the use of glucoamylase sourced from GM Aspergillus niger containing the gene from Trametes cingulata.    Source: GM aspergillus enzyme

Application A1185 – Alpha-amylase from Aspergillus niger as a Processing aid (enzyme): The purpose of this application is to approve the use of Alpha-amylasee sourced from Rhizomucor pusillus in GM Aspergillus niger.   Source: GM aspergillus enzyme 2

Application A1189 – White Mineral Oil as a Processing Aid for dust suppression in grain: The purpose of this application is to allow for White Mineral Oil to be used for dust suppression in grain handling at a level not greater than 200ppm.    Source: White mineral oil

Application A1190 – 2'-FL in infant formula and other products: The purpose of this Application is to permit the use of Endo-Inulinase produced from a GM modified strain of Aspergillus oryzae as a Processing aid.    Source: Aspergillus oryzae

Proposal P1050 – Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages:  The purpose of this Proposal is to seek feedback on warning labels aimed at raising awareness of the risk of health consequences when consuming alcohol during pregnancy.    Source: Pregnancy and alcohol warning label proposal

‘Hugely Disproportionate’? Singapore to Ban SSB Ads Alongside Colour-Coded Nutrition Label Plan

Singapore is set to introduce mandatory colour-coded front-of-pack nutrition label and ban advertising for pre-packaged sugar sweetened beverages (SSB), a move that has caused the industry to voice doubts, while health policy experts have welcomed the move.    Source: (Copyright) Pearly Neo, Food Navigator-Asia Singapore food law

Regulatory Review: See the Regulatory Developments Happening in the Health and Nutrition Industry

In this round-up of the latest regulatory developments taking place in the health foods industry, topics span from Foods for Special Medical Purposes (FSMPs), food fortification in India, to the sales of energy drinks in New Zealand.   Source: [Copyright] Tingmin Koe, Nutra Ingredients-Asia International regs update

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