Department of Industry, Innovation & Science: This series of webinars provides small to medium businesses from the food and agribusiness sector with information on the government planned changes to mandatory origin labeling on food products to help businesses comply with the new requirements.
Read the full article at the Department of Industry, Innovation & Science website
Food & Beverage: Do you have a country of origin label on your food? Do you have “Made in Australia” or something similar on your packaging? Or is your food product imported? You need to be aware that as of 1 July 2016, new laws were introduced requiring a lot more information to be included on food packaging. There is a two-year transition period before the laws become mandatory.
Read the full article at the foodmag.com.au
Hotelier Middle East: Spinneys has partnered with leading agricultural assurance organisation GlobalG.A.P., to introduce a new labelling system to provide customers with traceability on the food they are purchasing. The trial, which will initially be on a selected number of stone fruits, will see a GlobalG.A.P. Number (GGN) label added to applicable products showing the origins of the food, resulting in farm to fork transparency.
Read the full article at hoteliermiddleeast.com
The Conversation: Australia’s new country of origin food labelling laws come into effect on July 1, 2016. The new labels will indicate if food is grown or made in Australia and the proportion of Australian ingredients.
The government has justified the new laws on the basis of the consumer’s right to know where their food is grown and processed.
Adelaide Now: A Coroner has expressed alarm about mis-labelled imported foods after a 10-year-old-boy with allergies died following consuming a “natural” coconut drink. Keen soccer player Ronak Warty’s life was devastatingly cut short after becoming ill after dinner one night.
Sydney Morning Herald: In the middle of February last year, the frozen berry lost some of its sweetness. Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services decreed - very publicly - that the popular Nanna's Frozen Mixed Berry 1kg bag had been linked to multiple cases of hepatitis A.
While Patties Foods is getting out of berries, it's not out of trouble. Law firm Slater & Gordon remains committed to action they started on behalf of more than 20 clients.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today reminded all businesses, including importers, about the need to meet mandatory allergen labelling requirements.
FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said there has been a number of coconut product recalls due to a lack of mandatory allergen (milk and milk products) labelling.
Food Safety News: A recent spate of [US] food product recalls due to undeclared allergenic agents illustrates the problem the food industry has in preventing allergen exposures.
While food manufacturers usually have allergen controls in place, protecting those in the population with food allergies can be particularly challenging. Undeclared allergens are considered a significant chemical hazard in food and thus a critical control in many processes, yet most product recalls are due to undeclared allergens.
foodprocessing.com.au: The NZ Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released the ‘How to Determine the Shelf Life of Food’ document.
The document is intended to help food operators who process, prepare and handle food to determine the shelf-life of their food and apply appropriate date marking. The guide is also useful for other food operators who process, prepare and handle foods for retail sale under the Food Act 1981, Animal Products Act 1999 and Food Act 2014.
Read the full article at foodprocessing.com.au
Download the document from foodsafety.govt.nz (PDF, 486 KB)
Food Safety News writes: The day may not be too far off when consumers and food manufacturers will be able to detect the presence of E. coli, Listeria or Salmonella by visual changes in a polymer-based “smart label” now being developed by engineering professors at the University of Alberta.
Read the full article at Food Safety News