Day: December 7, 2015

Food fraudsters stealing reputations, writes Jan Davis

Jan Davis writes: Most of us have at some stage come across cheap knock-off copies of expensive brands – Louis Vuitton handbags, Ralph Polo shirts, Rolex watches, Nikes – whatever. Maybe you even succumbed to temptation.

Chinese counterfeiting has been a challenge to many major corporations and fashion houses for decades. However, the copyists have moved on and the latest trend is in faking foods and consumables.

This is proving a nightmare for Australian farmers, agribusinesses and consumers.

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Day: December 7, 2015

AU: Sale of raw apricot kernels prohibited

Food Standards Australia New Zealand: The retail sale of raw apricot kernels is prohibited from today, when changes to the Food Standards Code come into effect.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said FSANZ has found that raw apricot kernels (both with and without skin) pose an acute public health and safety risk.

“Raw apricot kernels contain cyanogenic glycosides, which are broken down to release cyanide when eaten,” Mr McCutcheon said.

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