Food Ministers Approve A Number of Food Standards Including Transitional Standards Issues for New Zealand
It was announced today that Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministers who met via teleconference on
New Zealand Transitional Standards Issues
The Ministerial Council noted New Zealand's proposed transitional food regulations. New Zealand Food Regulations within the scope of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the joint Code), established under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Agreement (ANZ Food Treaty) are due to be revoked on
Listeria Risk Assessment Risk Management Strategy
The former Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council requested in
Minor Omnibus No. 3
Since the gazettal of Volume 2 of the Food Standards Code, a number of errors or oversights of minor significance or complexity including inconsistencies, misspellings, grammatical errors and omissions have been identified which require correction to ensure that the standards are strictly correct and enforceable, thereby protecting public health and safety. The Ministerial Council have agreed to these minor amendments being made.
However, the Ministerial Council requested a first review of one of the amendments under consideration in the omnibus. The Council requested that FSANZ review the proposed amendments to Standard 2.9.2 - Food for Infants to require the labelling of sodium (salt) in nutrition information panels. Given the complexities of this review, the Ministerial Council extended the normal three-month timeframe to nine months to ensure that the review is carried out thoroughly.
Safety Assessment of Raw Milk Very Hard Cooked Curd Cheeses
The Ministerial Council agreed to a new standard on the safety assessment of raw milk very hard cooked curd cheeses. Ministers have also agreed that FSANZ will undertake to complete a review of the new standard by
Amendments for the Labelling of Home Brew Kits
The Ministerial Council agreed to vary Standard 1.2.8 - Nutrition Information Requirements of the Food Standards Code to exempt kits that are designed to be used to produce alcoholic beverages from the requirement to include a Nutrition Information Panel on the label. The Food Standards Code exempts alcoholic beverages from requiring a Nutrition Information Panel on the label.
Anomaly with the Transitional Standard for Milk
The Ministerial Council agreed to Amendments for the Transitional Arrangements for Labelling of Milk to address a labelling issue arising from transition arrangements put in place to facilitate implementation of Volume 2 of the Food Standards Code. The issue relates to the labelling of condensed milk, modified milk and skim milk, and the requirements for warning statements to be provided on those products and gives producers of this product a reasonable period of time to adjust their labels after
Transporting the Caffeine in Soft Drinks Permission from the New Zealand Food Regulations
The Ministerial Council have agreed to a New Zealand only Transitional Standard for Caffeine in Artificial Drinks to permit, in New Zealand, the continued addition of caffeine at a level no higher than 200mg/kg to soft drinks after the transition to the Joint Code on
Amendments to Standard 2.9.2 - Foods for Infants: Electrolytic Iron as a Permitted Form of Iron; and Clarification of 'Juice'
The Ministerial Council have agreed to reinstate permission to add elemental iron in the form of electrolytic iron or reduced iron to cereal-based foods for infants. The Ministerial Council also agreed to amendments to clarify the meaning of 'juice' in Standard 2.9.2 so it is consistent with its meaning in Standard 2.6.1 Fruit Juice and Vegetable Juice.
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