Danone’s Nutricia infant formula contaminated with Cronobacter

AUSTRALIA – Danone, a world leading food company, is looking into the contamination of its Nutricia infant formula after tests by customs officer turned out positive for Cronobacter spp. The implicated formula is a specialist product not bought to most people however accessible below prescription for youngsters with particular dietary wants. Affected tins are a batch of KetoCal 3:1, batch…

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Scientists develop natural antibacterial material for use in food packaging

AUSTRALIA – A team of scientists has developed a natural antibacterial material for use in food packaging by replicating the bacteria-killing wings of certain insects, thus extending shelf life and cutting food waste. The research – a collaboration between RMIT, Tokyo Metropolitan University and Mitsubishi Chemical’s The KAITEKI Institute – highlighted that dragonfly and cicada wings are covered by a…

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand seeks comments on new poultry antimicrobial treatment

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND – Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking public comments on an application that will permit the use of a new processing aid for the antimicrobial treatment of raw poultry. FSANZ has concluded an initial safety assessment of the aid, cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), with the organisation finding the treatment to be appropriate for raw, skin-on poultry. No…

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Australia launches surveillance program to shield citrus industry from pathogens

AUSTRALIA – The Australian government through a collaborative effort has launched a program called CitrusWatch to protect the Australian citrus industry against pathogens and pests. The program aims to provide expanded surveillance, industry training, new risk assessment and modelling, and higher levels of governance and collaboration. Funded by Hort Innovation through various levies and with contributions from the Australian government,…

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand to amend added sugar regulations

AUSTRALIA/NEWZEALAND – Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is amending the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code regarding the labelling of added sugars on nutritional information panels (NIP). This follows the release of findings last year in its review of nutrition labelling for added sugars. The review was undertaken at the request of food ministers with the aim of ensuring…

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Neogen to build state-of-the-art genomic centre to improve livestock quality

AUSTRALIA – Neogen Australasia, a leader in genomics services, is transforming a former University of Queensland site at Bundamba into a state-of-the-art AU$ 11 million (US$ 7903885) genomics centre that will help local primary producers grow and breed the best produce and livestock for the market. The laboratory which is being built in Ipswich with funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s…

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ISAAA holds discussions on regulatory updates on gene-edited plant products

ASIA/AUSTRALIA – The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and its network of Biotechnology Information Centers, in partnership with Murdoch University, have held discussions focused on the latest scientific and regulatory updates on gene-edited (GEd) plant products in Asia and Australia. ISAAA is a non-profit international organization that shares agricultural biotechnology, focusing on genetic engineering. The aim…

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Food Standard Australia, New Zealand recalls Coffin Bay Oysters

AUSTRALIA – The Food Standard Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has recalled more than 2.5 million Coffin Bay’s raw Pacific oysters (Magallana gigas) including fresh and frozen products, following a bacterial outbreak caused by environmental conditions. The recall is for 4 September to 16 November, with the South Australian Department of Health and Wellbeing (DHW) reporting 56 cases of people…

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Agriculture Victoria funds groundbreaking traceability project for high-value exports in Australia

AUSTRALIA – Agriculture Victoria, an organization that works with the agriculture industry on research, development and extension to improve production, is funding an innovative AU$ 770,000 (US$ 574,693.35) traceability pilot for high-value exports, which will be led by peak industry body Citrus Australia. The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s Food to Market program, announced by Minister for Agriculture…

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GHI unveils Whistleblower Food Safety Incident Report Site while APAL welcomes Food Safety Culture fact sheet

AUSTRIA – The Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI), a network of individual scientists and scientific organizations working together to promote harmonization of global food safety regulations and legislation through sound science, has announced the launch of the Whistleblower Food Safety Incident Report Site. Across the world, most food industry employees dare not report information about safety concerns externally because of the…

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