Latest Regulatory Affairs Newsletter

A collection of regulatory news from this month.

 

Aussie Company in Deep Yoghurt for Failing to Disclose Ingredient

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently issued an infringement notice and penalty of AUD$12,600 to Queensland Yoghurt Company Pty Ltd (QYC) for failing to disclose the fact that some of its yoghurt products contain gelatine. The ACCC alleged that, from at least 2 July 2019, QYC had omitted gelatine as an ingredient in several of its products when in fact they contained the compound ingredient CFT-1, of which gelatine is a component. This raised key issues around the misleading of consumers, who may choose to buy gelatine-free products based on dietary, religious, environmental or ethical reasons.   Source: Yogurt labelling

Failing Food Report – March 2020

These latest reports detail food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month of March. Among the usual pathogens detected in these imported foods are such organisms as Salmonella (found in Kashmiri chili powder), Listeria (found in Japanese frozen crab), and assorted toxins such as histamine (found in Ghanian herring), aflatoxin (found in Thai curry paste), and illegal addition of vitamins to many foods.  Of particular note are the number of foods ‘failing’ due to the illegal presence of caffeine (found in formulated supplementary sports foods from USA).    Source: March 2020 food fails

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Seeks Feedback

This new Australian Government department was established on 1 February 2020. Before this, they were the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Energy. Every year they are assessed against how they perform against the Australian Government’s Regulator Performance Framework. Before machinery of government changes took effect, the former Department of Agriculture and Department of Environment and Energy prepared self-assessments of their regulatory performance in 2018–19. They are now seeking your feedback on 8 self-assessments. Seven from the agriculture portfolio and 1 from the environment portfolio.   Source: Department assessment

NZ Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985 Are Due to Expire on 1 March 2021

The new Zealand, Food (Continuation of Dietary Supplements Regulations) Amendment Bill was introduced in to the House of Representatives yesterday to ensure the current regime can continue while a new regulatory regime for natural health products (which include dietary supplements) is being developed. The Bill extends the Regulations by five years until 1 March 2026. The Ministry for Primary Industries has advised that it does not anticipate needing the entire length of the proposed extension to implement a new regime. It is set at five years to ensure that the necessary work to implement an improved regulatory regime can be done without requiring further extensions if unforeseen circumstances arise.   Source: NZ Food Safety

FSANZ Sugar Labelling Consultation

Foods Standards Australia and New Zealand, via the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum), has been looking at sugar labelling and how to give Australian and New Zealand consumers' better information about added sugar in food to help them make informed and healthier choices. In August 2019, the Forum asked FSANZ to review nutrition labelling for added sugars. The request was in response to a policy paper on the labelling of sugars on packaged foods and drinks which found that information about added sugars on food labels is limited and/or unclear, which limits consumers' ability to make food choices consistent with dietary guidelines. The current review is looking at whether and how the Food Standards Code should be amended to help consumers make more informed choices about added sugars in food.    Source: Sugar labelling review

Health Star Rating System Five-Year Review Report

In December 2019, the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) published its Response to the Health Star Rating (HSR) system five-year Review Report (Review Report) and its ten recommendations for enhancing the HSR system. The Forum is now seeking to update stakeholders on progress and obtain views on the appropriateness of a proposed implementation start date of 1 October 2020.   Source: Health Star Rating update

FSANZ Notifications -

Application A1159 – Triacylglycerol lipase from Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid (enzyme): The purpose of this application is to permit the enzyme lipase, triacylglycerol from Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid for the production of bakery products and cereal-based beverages.   Source: Bakery enzyme 1

Application A1174 – Xylanase from GM Trichoderma reesei as a PA (enzyme): The purpose of this Application is to permit the use of Xylanase from GM Trichoderma reesei as a Processing Aid.    Source: Bakery enzyme 2

Application A1182 – Glucose Oxidase from GM Trichoderma reesei as a Processing Aid (Enzyme): The purpose of this application is ​to approve a Glucose Oxidase enzyme preparation from Trichoderma reesei for use as a processing aid in cereal based products (baking) and egg processing.   Source: GM enzyme

Application A1183 – Enzymatic production of Rebaudioside E: The purpose of this application is ​to seek approval for a new specification for the steviol glycoside Rebaudioside E produced by an enzymatic conversion method, using enzymes derived from a genetically modified strain of the yeast, Pichia pastoris.   Source: GM glycoside

Application A1193 – Irradiation as a phytosanitary measure in food: The purpose of this Application is to extend the option of phytosanitary irradiation to all types of fresh fruits and vegetables.   Source: Food irradiation

Application A1199 – Food derived from Innate potato lines V11 & Z6: The purpose of this Application is to seek approval for food derived from genetically modified potato lines V11 & Z6, which have lower reducing sugars, low acrylamide potential, reduced browning (black spot) and late blight protection.   Source: GM potato

Proposal M1017 – Maximum Residue Limits (2019): The purpose of this proposal is to consider varying certain maximum residue limits (MRLs) for residues of specified agricultural and veterinary chemicals that may occur in food commodities.   Source: MRL proposal

 

 

NICNAS to AICIS Education Program

To help understand and comply with obligations under the new industrial chemicals laws that take effect from 1 July 2020, NICNAS has compiled a set of informational material to explain the changes. To ensure a smooth transition from NICNAS to AICIS, this educational material and guidance on how the new scheme will work is now available to all interested parties.   Source: NICNAS to AICIS

 

How to Prevent Zoom Bombing: 7 Simple Tips

With so many people now working remotely from their workplace, it has become common for businesspeople and clients to transfer their meetings to online via internet software such as Skype and Zoom. Trouble is, internet trolls are crashing Zoom video conferences and flooding them with inappropriate content. Here are seven easy ways to protect your meetings from Zoom bombers: Never use your personal meeting ID (generate a random one); Always use a meeting password and send it out to attendees in a separate email; Advise your attendees to use the name they have registered under as their display name; Use Zoom's waiting room feature (and if you don't recognise someone, don't let them in); Mute audio and disable video for meeting attendees; Turn off screen sharing for everyone but the meeting host/co-host; Always look professional (at least from the waist up), as you never know when you will have to start video.   Source: Brandon Vigliarolo, TechRepulic Zoom bombing tips

 

Reminder: NICNAS Turns into AICIS on 1 July 2020 – Training Videos Available

Regular readers of this newsletter will be aware that the regulation of the chemical ingredients used in cosmetics, has been controlled by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), and that this is to change when the new regulatory framework for industrial chemicals will be called the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) commencing on 1 July 2020. Due to the absence of face to face training while the Coronavirus pandemic rages, NICNAS has provided several short videos covering different elements of the new scheme.  These video sessions are each 25 minutes long. Copies of the slides and presentations can be read and downloaded here: NICNAS to AICIS videos

 

Failing Food Report – February 2020

These latest reports detail food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month of February. Among the usual pathogenic organisms detected in these imported foods are such organisms as Salmonella (found in various Asian spices), and assorted toxins such as histamine (found in Thai and Vietnamese fish and spice pastes), aflatoxin (found in Turkish peanuts and Thai spice paste), antibiotics (found in Thai dried fish) and others. Of particular note are the number of foods ‘failing’ due to the illegal presence of heavy metals (including lead) and added vitamins and or minerals (found in many foods).   Source: February 2020 food fails

FSANZ Notifications—

Proposal P1050 – Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages: This is a summary of this proposal aiming to better inform pregnant women of the dangers of drinking alcohol.   Source: Alcohol warning statement

A1196 – Food derived from nematode-protected and herbicide-tolerant soybean GMB151: The purpose of the application is to seek approval for food derived from nematode-protected and herbicide-tolerant soybean line GMB151, genetically modified to provide resistance to nematodes and the HPPD group of herbicides.   Source: GM soybeans

 

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