Steritech seeks amendment of food irradiation rules

AUSTRALIA – Food safety industry leader Steritech has submitted an application to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to amend food irradiation rules in Australia by raising the maximum permitted energy level of machines generating X-rays for irradiating food from 5 to 7.5 megaelectronvolts (MeV) provided that the X-ray target is made of tantalum or gold. The change involves the…

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Australian Salmonella outbreak linked to baby cucumbers

AUSTRALIA – The Western Australia (WA) Department of Health has linked Qukes brand baby cucumbers supplied by Perfection Fresh, an Australian fresh produce company, to a Salmonella outbreak that has thus far affected 19 people. Although the grower has not been identified, cucumber production has ceased. From infants under a year old to seniors in their 60s, there are sick…

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Contaminated baby spinach elicits health scare in Australia

AUSTRALIA – Australians have been warned against eating a certain brand of spinach after it caused severe sickness and hallucinations in several people. Health authorities in Australia’s New South Wales have reported that nine people who consumed the Riviera Farms baby spinach from Costco needed medical attention after manifesting symptoms of confusion, elevated heart rates, and blurred vision. The spinach…

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New South Wales launches Biosecurity and Food Safety Strategy to minimize impact of outbreaks

AUSTRALIA – The New South Wales (NSW) Government has released a new eight-year strategy to enhance biosecurity and food safety in NSW and to help protect the state’s $23 billion (approx. U.S$15 billion) primary industries. The NSW Biosecurity and Food Safety Strategy 2022-2030 focuses on four priority objectives including preparing and preventing, timely and proportionate responses, rapid and efficient containment,…

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Coles leverages Internet of Things to digitize supply chain

AUSTRALIA – Coles, the leading supermarket chain in Australia, has used Internet of Things (IoT) technology to digitize its supply chain, leveraging a Loscam and Thinxtra solution to track and quantify shock for 4,500 smart food bins that transport poultry between farms and its distribution center. “Coles, as an iconic Australian brand, has been able to deploy Internet of Things…

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Detection of deamidated gluten simplified with ELISA Systems’ Next generation gluten test kit

AUSTRALIA – ELISA Systems, a world leader in the development of allergen test kits, is setting itself apart from competitors in the market with its new Generation 3 Gluten test kit, ESGLT3-48 capable of detecting deamidated gluten, a capability not yet found in other testing kits. As the prevalence of celiac disease rises, so does the significance of enhanced gluten…

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Naturo improves Haelen milk processing technique allowing dairy-sensitive people to indulge

AUSTRALIA – The Australian company Naturo has improved its Haelen milk process, which created a 60-day shelf life – to now have double the digestibility. Since the Haelen process destroys more bacteria than conventional pasteurization, it is easier for people who have dairy sensitivity to ingest. Naturo handles the whey proteins in milk differently since it doesn’t employ the high…

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Allergen Bureau publishes guide to aid in mitigating allergen cross-contamination

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND – The Allergen Bureau, the peak industry body representing food industry allergen management, has launched a guide to assist agri-food businesses in mitigating allergen cross-contamination. The Bureau’s Sampling and Testing working group has also come up with a questionnaire that industry can use to determine the level of risk that may be associated with raw materials, as well…

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Marquis Macadamias introduces 5-log pasteurization to ensure product safety

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH AFRICA – Marquis Macadamias, the world’s largest macadamia growing and processing company, has implemented 5-log pasteurization capabilities in its Australian and South African facilities with the introduction of Napasol pasteurization systems. The systems have allowed it to safely process over 30,000 tonnes of kernels. It implemented the technology as it wanted to ensure product safety for consumers. The technology…

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Australia’s melon industry strives to achieve farm to fork traceability

AUSTRALIA – The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) has developed a traceability adoption framework for the melon industry to ensure the industry leads in traceability based on globally accepted Global Standards 1 (GS1). This was part of a project with peak industry body Melons Australia, on enhancing seamless data flow in the traceability of seedless watermelons.…

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