‘Free range’ re-defined by Ministers for new scheme
June 15, 2015

At a meeting on 12 June 2015 consumer affairs ministers of the Australian States and Territories agreed to develop a national standard and legal definition for “free range eggs”. At a meeting on 12 June 2015 consumer affairs ministers of the Australian States and Territories agreed to develop a national standard and legal definition for “free range eggs”. “There’s been a lot of talk about egg labelling, for many, many, many years. But today, we agreed on making a clear definition which... ...Read more »

Horticulture Code review announced but industry transparency still a concern, potential for extension to retailers
June 4, 2015

The government this week announced a review of the Horticulture Code of Conduct. The government this week announced a review of the Horticulture Code of Conduct. Established in 2007, the Code was intended to enforce transparency between wholesalers or distributors of fruits and vegetables in their contractual dealings with growers. There have been complaints by growers about the Code and its enforcement. Many of the issues were raised in the recent Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper commissioned... ...Read more »

Australians don’t always want to buy ‘Australian ingredients’
March 10, 2015

Australians don’t always want to buy ‘Australian ingredients’ Amidst an escalating debate about Country of Origin Labelling on food products in Australia, the most recent financial report from the local arm of global beer giant Heineken, which showed a drop in sales, suggests there are particular food and beverage products that Australians prefer to be imported. Following on from health concerns about berry products imported from China, the Australian Federal Government is considering changing... ...Read more »

Tasmania to encourage hemp crops despite Federal Ministerial forum’s hemp oil seed ban
February 2, 2015

Tasmania to encourage hemp crops despite Federal Ministerial forum’s hemp oil seed ban The Tasmanian Government has released details of a plan to introduce legislation which will encourage the growth of the State’s industrial hemp industry. The Tasmanian announcement came one day before the Federal decision to reject a lifting of the Food Standards Code ban on hemp as a food. The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation met last Friday 30 January 2015 in Auckland. Review... ...Read more »

Health Star Ratings and Food Standards Code revision get go-ahead from ministers
February 2, 2015

Health Star Ratings and Food Standards Code revision get go-ahead from ministers Government Ministers at a meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation have said they are ‘pleased’ with progress on issues relating to food labelling, including the troubled Health Star Rating system. The Ministers also gave the g0-ahead for the adoption of the new Food Standards Code drafted by FSANZ and due to be operative from early 2016. Health Star Rating System The Ministerial... ...Read more »

Country of Origin Labelling changes back on the table
January 28, 2015

Country of Origin Labelling changes back on the table Australian vegetable growers have said they support the Australian Greens’ Party Leader Christine Milne’s push for clearer Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) on food, claiming that the current system needs refining if consumers are “to get the information they need to support Australian farmers”. AusVeg, which represents more than 9,000 Australian vegetable and potato growers, has welcomed the Greens Party’s announcement that it... ...Read more »

FoodLegal to run its most popular workshop in Sydney and Melbourne
January 28, 2015

FoodLegal’s most popular workshop is back in Sydney and Melbourne Back by popular demand, food law expert consultants FoodLegal will run more sessions of their training workshop on the Health Claims Standard of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The FoodLegal intensive workshop, “Harnessing the new Health Claims Standard: Opportunities in marketing the healthy angle of foods”, addresses the new Health Claims Standard and how it is likely to affect marketing of products. The workshop... ...Read more »

FoodLegal’s most popular workshop is back in Sydney and Melbourne
January 21, 2015

FoodLegal’s most popular workshop is back in Sydney and Melbourne Food law expert consultants FoodLegal have decided by popular demand to run more sessions of their training workshop on the Health Claims Standard of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. This FoodLegal intensive workshop is about “Harnessing the new Health Claims Standard: Opportunities in marketing the healthy angle of foods” and addresses the new Health Claims Standard and how it likely affects marketing of the product. The... ...Read more »

EFSA opens caffeine finding to further scrutiny
January 19, 2015

EFSA opens caffeine finding to further scrutiny The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched an open consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the safety of caffeine that was presented recently to EFSA. The provisional findings of the Draft Scientific Opinion on the safety of caffeine from all sources is considered controversial by consumer and public health groups. Those findings included the opinion that single doses of caffeine up to 200mg and daily intakes of up to 400mg do not... ...Read more »

Australia’s food agency approves new version of the Food Standards Code
December 17, 2014

Australia’s food agency approves new version of the Food Standards Code On 16 December 2014, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) released its approved version of the latest revision of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Food Standards Code). The new Food Standards Code requires only the approval by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation and gazettal to become law. In releasing the proposed new Food Standards Code, FSANZ stated that the key goal... ...Read more »

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