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AU: Call for submissions on changes to maximum residue limits

FSANZ: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on a proposal to amend maximum residue limits (MRLs) for certain agricultural and veterinary chemicals. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the proposal aimed to harmonise limits in the Food Standards Code with limits used overseas.

Download the call for submissions at the FSANZ website. Reproduced with permission of Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

FPSC Conference 2017: register now!

The 2017 conference with the theme Science + Culture = Safe Food will be held on Wednesday 9 August at the University of Sydney

Visit the conference website (fpsc2017.com) to register now and for further information.

A-NZ: Food Packaging Regulations in Australia and New Zealand

Lexology: FSANZ has initiated a review of its food packaging oversight to determine whether the existing regulatory framework for managing risk from the migration of chemicals from packaging to food is adequate.

US: Center for Produce Safety event brings record crowd

The Packer: “If you have a culture that’s always looking at the cost per box (or) the labor efficiency and trying to cut corners, that’s where our whole industry will get in trouble.”

AU: The $50 billion food fraud scam putting Australia’s iconic brands at risk

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9NEWS: Food fraud is threatening to destroy Australia’s reputation as a high-quality exporter, with everything from seafood, beef and olive oil to vitamins and wine under attack by unscrupulous counterfeiters.

AU: Managing Insect Contaminants

Soil Wealth: This best practice guide summarises the key findings of a project conducted by Applied Horticultural Research and Harvest Fresh Cuts. The focus of this project was to find ways to control [insect] contaminants and assess their impact in processed leafy vegetable products.

AU: PMA A-NZ Science and Technology TECH EVENT

PMA A-NZ: PMA Australia-New Zealand is excited to hold its first TECH EVENT on 5th July at Melbourne Markets, Epping to explore new business technology. The morning-only event will show case a number of key developments that leading businesses are adopting to manage production, packing and transactions, providing safer, more transparent and efficient supply chains.

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UK: M&S says labelling avocados with lasers is more sustainable

BBC News: Marks and Spencer is paring back its fruit and veg labelling to be more environmentally friendly, replacing stickers with laser-markings. From Thursday, M&S will sell avocados bearing what look like pale tattoos, showing a best-before date and origin.

Read the full article at the BBC  news website

A-NZ: The safe food system

Food Standards Australia New Zealand: Do you know who does what in the food regulatory system? FSANZ has produced information, including an infographic, to help our stakeholders navigate the system.

Read the full article at the FSANZ website

US: Biofilms with Listeria pose persistent threat in food production

Food Safety News: It doesn’t matter how big or influential a company is, bacteria and biofilms don’t discriminate between multinationals like Dole with its tens of thousands of employees and operations like Hudson Valley Farms, where 10 or fewer people work.

Read the full article at the Food Safety News website

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