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Food recall statistics for 2019

This moth we released our latest recall statistics for 2019. Last year we coordinated 87 food recalls - this was down from 100 recalls in 2018. The most common cause of recalls was due to undeclared allergens and microbial contaminations.
We have data on Australian food recalls since 1990 which help us to identify trends and common problems occurring in the food industry, so that steps can be taken to prevent future issues. For more data see our food recalls statistics at:

Review of food safety management standards

As part of our review of chapters 3 and 4 of the Food Standards Code we released two calls for comment on requirements for food safety management in the food service and retail sector, and the potential development of a primary production and processing standard for high-risk horticulture products.

For more information on the Proposals and how you can have your say visit:

COVID-19 and food safety

Australia is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). The Australian Government Department of Health has established a website with up-to-date information on the virus. Visit the website.

We have also developed some information on the risk of transmission through food and advice on good hygiene practices. See our webpage for more information:

Update on pregnancy warning labels 

On 17 February, we notified Ministers responsible for food regulation of our decision to approve an amendment to the Code to require a pregnancy warning label on packaged alcoholic beverages sold in Australia and New Zealand.

Ministers are now considering the decision. If Ministers do not request a review of the decision, the amendment to the Code will be gazetted in Australia and New Zealand and become law.

For more information see:

Call for submissions

We're calling for comment on the following applications, proposals and discussion papers:

Approval and Forum notification

We have approved variations from the following applications and proposals and notified these approvals to the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation.

Forum request for review

The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) has requested a review of FSANZ's decision in relation to a draft variation arising from the following Application:
  • A1155 - 2'-FL and LNnT in infant formula and other products: to permit the voluntary use of 2'-O-fucosyllactose (2'-FL) alone or in combination with Lacto-N-neotetraose (LNnT), produced by microbial fermentation using genetically modified Escherichia coli (E.coli) strains, in infant formula products and formulated supplementary foods for young children (FSFYC).
Further information on the review process is available on the Food Regulation website and the grounds for review will be published to this website on 5 March 2020.

Amendment to the Food Standards Code

Amendment No. 191 to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code was published on 26 February 2020 (FSC 132).

It included amendments resulting from the following Applications:

Upcoming stakeholder events:

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