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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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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