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US: China’s food safety plan includes alignment with international standards

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.

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AU: Chemical security

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.

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AU: Vegetable sector works to standardise food safety and quality assurance

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.

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CH: An Overview of the New Food Safety Law

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.

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NZ: Food act discussions with MPI

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.

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CH: China’s top legislator urges food safety supervision reform

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.

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NZ: New food rules impacting Southland businesses

Stuff.co.nz: Southland councils have implemented audit processes to deal with changes to food safety rules but say there is still some confusion over how the new rules impact businesses. Businesses that serve food are now required to have a Food Control Plan (FCP) under the new Food Act, which came into force in March.

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NZ: 10 bucks for some banoffee pie? Facebook foodies warned to stop selling wares online

TVNZ: Kiwi Facebook users selling food on the social network site - and making hundreds of dollars tax free in the process - are being warned to stop before new regulations come into force this year. The Food Act will require anyone selling food as a business – whether registered or not – to meet food safety requirements.

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AU: Frozen berries still on the shelf after Hep A scare a year ago

Sydney Morning Herald: In the middle of February last year, the frozen berry lost some of its sweetness. Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services decreed - very publicly - that the popular Nanna's Frozen Mixed Berry 1kg bag had been linked to multiple cases of hepatitis A.

While Patties Foods is getting out of berries, it's not out of trouble. Law firm Slater & Gordon remains committed to action they started on behalf of more than 20 clients.

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NZ: Is your business high or low risk?

Ministry for Primary Industries: The new Food Act could mean changes for your business if you make or sell food. To help you work out where you fit in with the changes, a new online tool Where Do I Fit? is available from the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The Food Act covers businesses that make, serve, sell or trade food commercially.

With the online Where Do I Fit? tool, by answering a series of yes/no questions, you can find out what you'll need to do to comply with the law.

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