Day: June 29, 2016

UK: European Commission gives controversial weed killer a last-minute reprieve

Science Magazine: To the relief of farmers, the controversial herbicide glyphosate will remain on the market in Europe for another 18 months. The widely used weed killer faced a 30 June deadline for reapproval of its safety—without which it could not be sold—but the decision has been stuck in political gridlock. So the European Commission stepped in to extend the safety approval until December 2017.

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Day: June 29, 2016

AU: Food allergy innovation a hit at AIFST Awards

Food Magazine: A new technology that detects allergens in food products has been awarded the Food Industry Innovation Award at the 49th Annual Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Convention. The Allergen Bureau was awarded the prestigious accolade at a ceremony on Monday night at the AIFST Convention at Brisbane’s Exhibition and Convention Centre for its VITAL Online platform, a web-based calculator that reviews the allergen status of all ingredients in a product and the processing conditions that could impact on the allergen status.

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Day: June 29, 2016

AU: Irradiation of blueberries and raspberries

Food Standards Australia New Zealand: FSANZ has assessed an Application made by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) to irradiate blueberries and raspberries for phytosanitary purposes and has prepared a draft food regulatory measure. Pursuant to section 31 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act), FSANZ now calls for submissions to assist consideration of the draft food regulatory measure.

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Day: June 29, 2016

NZ: Food safety concerns driving Kiwis to buy local: research

Foodworks: Kiwi consumers are seeking out locally made food, as concerns about product safety and levels of additives in consumer goods manufactured offshore drive purchasing behaviour – according to the findings of a new survey. The Munchkin study which investigated the attitudes and habits of Kiwi shoppers showed that more than two thirds (69%) of Kiwi consumers said country of origin for food products they ate was important to them.

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