George Misko / Food Safety Magazine: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in January 2018 that it was exercising enforcement discretion with respect to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) requirements for importers of food contact substances (FCSs).
The news was met with a sigh of relief by the industry. The reasons for FDA’s decision centered on the vastly different hazard profiles and risks presented between FCSs and traditional food.
Read the full article at the Food Safety Magazine website
Food Standards Australia New Zealand: Did you know that FSANZ can’t order or force a food recall? Only Australian states and territories have enforcement powers to mandate, order or force a recall if necessary. See this handy visual which outlines the roles of food business, enforcement agencies and FSANZ during a food recall.
Read the full article at the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website
Horticulture New Zealand: Horticulture New Zealand and MPI are making steady progress on the recognition of the GAP schemes for Food Act verification, which will mean that meeting Food Act requirements will be seamless for GAP approved growers. MPI has recently acknowledged that the NZGAP Scheme, checklist and auditors meet the Food Act requirements under National Programme level 1 and are currently looking at the acceptance of other GAP schemes and checklists used by growers (e.g. GLOBALG.A.P.). This will mean that your next GAP audit will also count as a Food Act audit, reducing compliance costs for growers.
Horticulture New Zealand is also working with MPI on coordinating Food Act registration for your horticulture business. In the New Year, we will have a more robust Food Act update while the detail of the roll out is worked through between industry and MPI, so there is no action required from growers at this stage.
Read the full update in the Horticulture New Zealand e-newsletter
World Grain: China has outlined steps it plans to take to ensure food safety, including aligning its standards with international standards and launching a risk alert system, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) said in a March report.
Australian National Security: Terrorists can use chemicals found in everyday products to make powerful homemade explosives and toxic weapons. Approximately 40,000 chemicals are approved for use in Australia.
A masterclass was hosted in Hobart on 30 November 2016 by two food safety research centres— the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Food Safety Centre, and the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand.
ABC Rural / Sarina Locke: The horticulture sector is hoping to save $40 million by streamlining quality assurance on farms and in the supply chain. A trial of the more standardised process is happening at Coastal Hydroponics, which produces green leafy salad vegetables from its base on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Food Safety Magazine: On April 24, 2015, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress revised the 2009 Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China (Food Safety Law). The revised law came into effect on October 1, 2015.
The revisions to the Food Safety Law are wide-ranging, imposing stricter controls and supervision on food production and management.
Horticulture New Zealand: HortNZ’s Matt Dolan and Richard Palmer met with MPI on Friday to discuss MPI’s acceptance of growers certified as achieving Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) meeting the requirements of the Food Act. HortNZ will continue to work with MPI to develop an efficient, fit-for-purpose co-regulatory model using the GAP programmes to deliver the safe food Kiwis expect.
Xinhua: Chinese top legislator Zhang Dejiang has called for improvements and reforms to the country's food safety supervision system. Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), made the remarks Tuesday while presiding over a meeting of inspectors under the NPC Standing Committee to check the enforcement of the Food Safety Law.