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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Fonterra invents genome sequencing device for probiotics

NEW ZEALAND – Fonterra, a global dairy nutrition company, has invented a genome sequencing device, the MinION, that can spit out DNA results from probiotic at a fast pace and a quarter of the cost, enhancing food safety. Probiotics are specific strains of live bacteria or yeast proven to have a beneficial effect on health. These are commonly consumed in…

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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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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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UK, New Zealand strike deal to give way to more seamless trade

U.K/NEW ZEALAND – Following 16 months of trade talks, United Kingdom and New Zealand have signed a pact that will circumvent bureaucratic obstacles that have previously impeded trade between the two countries. The British government is claiming the deal will “cut red tape” for businesses, suggesting there might be some harmonization of standards. It also claims the deal will bring…

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Universities join hands to research on smart tech tools to aid in remote auditing

NEW ZEALAND – A University of Canterbury-led project has explored the opportunities and challenges of remote auditing using drone, satellite imaging and artificial intelligence, to ensure farmers and other food industry businesses are following health and safety rules. Remote auditing of companies involved in food production and processing has become a growing trend since the Covid-19 pandemic began early last…

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Namibia recalls Tiger Brands products as other affected countries follow suite

SOUTH AFRICA – Namibia’s health ministry has instructed local environmental health practitioners to withdraw various KOO canned products, Hugo’s Baked Beans and Helderberg Peas, produced between 1 May 2019 and 5 May 2021, from Namibian shelves. Canned products forming part of this recall cover various KOO canned vegetable products, excluding all KOO canned fruit products, KOO pilchards and KOO products…

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New Zealand, Australia to sign off on importation of irradiated fruits, vegetables

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND – Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) is set to amend the country’s historic stance on irradiation permitting the import of irradiation treated fresh fruits and vegetables. The process involves exposing products to ionizing radiation, either gamma rays, a high-energy electron beam, or x-rays.  FSANZ has concluded after a review by the Food Safety NZ, that except…

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