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Pregnancy warning labels

In response to a request from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum of Food Regulation in October 2018, FSANZ has prepared a proposal to consider pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages.
 
The proposed warning label is intended to reinforce government advice to women about the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy and raise awareness within the broader community about these risks.
  
The pregnancy warning label is proposed to be required on all packaged alcoholic beverages with more than 1.15% alcohol by volume.
Consultation on the proposal is closing soon. Have your say by 6pm (Canberra time) Sunday, 27 October 2019.

Read more about this work and how you can have your say.
Annual Report

Our 2018-2019 Annual Report is now available. The Annual Report provides a snapshot of what we have been up to in the past year and the important work we delivered to support the food regulation system.
 
2018-19 was a very busy year for us, with our core business - developing food standards continuing to be a significant focus. It was also been an important year for stakeholder engagement, with our first biennial stakeholder forum held in Sydney. 2018–19 also saw more than 100 food incidents and recalls coordinated by our food safety team. This was a record number for the agency and included the strawberry tampering incident in September 2018.
 
Read our 2018-19 Annual Report.
Safety of caffeine powders and high caffeine content products

Last month, Minister Colbeck released FSANZ’s report of caffeine powders and high caffeine content products.
 
In releasing the report, the Minister agreed to all recommendations made by FSANZ to enhance consumer safety with regards to caffeine powder and high content caffeine food.

The five recommendations approved by Minister Colbeck are:
  • That FSANZ develop and declare as urgent a proposal to amend the Code to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products.
  • That FSANZ consider developing a maximum limit of caffeine in food, based on the outcome of the current review of Standard 2.9.4 – Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods.
  • That a coordinated inter-agency consumer information campaign on safe caffeine consumption be developed and implemented in conjunction with the implementation of recommendation one, if adopted.
  • That, prior to or in parallel with the consumer information campaign, guidance on the regulation of products containing pure or high concentrations of caffeine, and high caffeine content products, be developed by Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation (ISFR) for, and agreed by, enforcement agencies to inform compliance action.
  • That targeted research on caffeine consumption across the Australian and New Zealand population, including consumption by specific vulnerable population groups, continue to be undertaken as part of the upcoming Intergenerational Health and Mental Health Study.
FSANZ has commenced work on implementation of the recommendations. You can stay up to date with progress of this work here.
 
We have also developed some useful information including an infographic on safe caffeine consumption. Check it out here.
 

Call for submissions


A1171 - Endo-inulinase from GM Aspergillus oryzae as a PA (Enzyme): to permit the use of Endo-Inulinase produced from a GM modified strain of Aspergillus oryzae as a PA.

FSANZ invites written submissions on the assessment of the following application by 6pm (Canberra time) 24 October 2019:
A1181 - Maximum residue limits for Imazapyr in Barley Grain: to increase the maximum residue limit for imazapyr in barley grain from 0.05ppm to 0.7ppm.

FSANZ invites written submissions on the assessment of the following application by 6pm (Canberra time) 27 October 2019:
P1050 - Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages: to consider a mandatory labelling standard for pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages.

FSANZ invites written submissions on the assessment of the following application by 6pm (Canberra time) 5 November 2019:
A1174 - Xylanase from Trichoderma reesei as a PA (Enzyme): to permit the use of Xylanase from Trichoderma reesei as a Processing Aid.

Current food recalls

 

A full list of food recalls is available here:

https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/foodrecalls/recalls/Pages/default.aspx

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