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  • 30 Oct 2020 2:41 PM | Anonymous

    FSANZ invites written submissions on the Assessment of the following Application by 6pm (Canberra time) 27 November 2020: 

    Proposal P1051 – Code Revision (2020): To make minor amendments including the correction of typographical errors and formatting issues and updating of references.

  • 30 Oct 2020 2:36 PM | Anonymous

    Date: 30/10/2020

    Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to irradiate fresh fruit and vegetables.

    FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has applied for permission to irradiate fresh fruit and vegetables as a way to stop the spread of pests like fruit fly when food is moved across quarantine borders.

    “Fruit fly is an ongoing threat to the horticulture industry, both here in Australia, New Zealand and internationally.

    “Australian quarantine laws mean food produced in an area where there are known pests, must be treated before they can be sent internationally or to states or territories that have quarantine restrictions.  

    “Irradiation has a long history of safe use and is used in many countries around the world as a safe way to treat fresh fruits and vegetables.

    “In Australia and New Zealand, food can only be irradiated for a specific purpose, like to make it safer for people to eat or for quarantine purposes.

    “Only a small proportion of fresh fruit and vegetables are likely to be irradiated as the majority of fresh produce in Australia and New Zealand is grown and sold in the same quarantine jurisdiction.

    “There are already 26 fruits and vegetables allowed to be irradiated in the Food Standards Code.

    “We completed a thorough safety assessment for this application, looking at the potential toxicological and nutritional impacts and found no public health and safety concerns . Any nutrient losses that may occur are likely to be minimal.

    “To help consumers make informed choices about the food they buy, there are labelling requirements for any food that has been irradiated," Mr Booth said.

    The public consultation period closes 6pm (Canberra time) 11 December 2020.

    The submission documents for A1193 – Irradiation as a phytosanitary measure for all fresh fruit and vegetables are available on the FSANZ website.

    More information on food irradiation is available on the FSANZ website.

  • 26 Oct 2020 7:15 PM | Anonymous

    Science & Technology Australia have released their 2020-21 Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration report.

    The employment and remuneration report is the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide available in Australia. Run in conjunction with Science and Technology Australia, free report includes:

    Overall results from the annual Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration Survey, including a 12-month detailed analysis on topics including working hours, employment sentiment, rates of pay, and more;

    An in-depth analysis of remuneration broken down into a wide range of demographics, including responsibility level, years of experience, qualification, job function, and much more.

    Download the Report
  • 10 Aug 2020 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    Commercial Food Sanitation (CFS), an Intralox company, integrates strategic consulting, expertise and training to provide durable solutions to food safety and sanitation challenges for food processing plants. They design food safety prerequisite programs for plants of the future and are dedicated to delivering the highest levels of quality food safety and operational effectiveness, to protect food processors’ brand reputation and long-term business profitability.

    AIFST members have free access to a series of training modules on Hygienic Design and Sanitation.

    Head to the Learn section of our website - you will need to be logged in to access the training.

  • 2 Aug 2020 8:22 PM | Anonymous

    The Australian Government committed to evaluate the 2016 CoOL reforms in 2020-21, two years following the regulations for food coming into full-effect in July 2018. The purpose of the CoOL reforms was to help consumers make more informed choices about the food they buy, in line with their personal preferences. Accordingly, the reforms aimed to provide clearer, more consistent, more informative and easier to find country of origin labels for food.

    The evaluation will gather information and feedback from the community and industry through surveys, interviews and focus groups. To commence this process, DISER has developed a Discussion Paper and is undertaking a public consultation process to seek the views of consumers and businesses on the impact of the reforms. If you are interested in finding out more about the consultation, or would like to make a submission, please visit DISER’s Consultation Hub for more information. You will have from 31 July 2020 until 11 September 2020 to participate in this initial round of consultation.

  • 2 Aug 2020 8:07 PM | Anonymous

    A note from Food Standards Australia and New Zealand 

    Food regulators are aware that the COVID-19 pandemic may be interrupting the supply of inputs to food and grocery manufacture and supply from overseas.

    If you are experiencing interruptions to supply as a result of COVID-19 contact your home jurisdiction for advice.

    The home jurisdiction is the state or territory in which your food business is based, or in the case of a national chain, where the head office is located.

    Businesses should use the Pro forma for referral of COVID-19 related issues to the food regulator (Word 93 KB) to raise an issue and email it to their home jurisdiction.

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