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FSANZ suggests new food labelling proposal in reaction to FoodLegal health claim criticisms

FSANZ has suggested a proposal to change food labelling codes, expanding the range of claims that can be put forth about sports foods & electrolyte drinks

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The Impact of Russia’s ban on food imports on Australian farmers

Australian food politics has been effected with Russia announcing a year-long ban on imported beef and dairy products from Australia, the US, and the EU.

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Australian Mining Companies Hope to Unearth Richer Profits with Cattle Farming

Food politics are set to change as mining giant Rio Tinto moves towards cattle farming.

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Alarming additives and Food Labels: Beef and Alcohol in Popular Fruit Juices

After learning that some fruit flavoured drinks could contain traces of alcohol and beef, a Hindu man in Melbourne wrote to Heinz Australia to enquire about their food labels and whether that was the case in his favourite beverage, Golden Circle juice. He was shocked when the company replied, revealing that the entire Golden Circle …

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Australian Companies Want a Bigger Piece of the Baby Formula Business

It’s clear to see that the infant formula market is a particularly lucrative niche, worth no less than $13.3 billion, and set to grow over the coming years. According to statistics, the baby milk market in China is set to double to over $25 billion by the time 2017 rolls around, however due to tough …

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FSANZ Considers Easing Food Safety Restrictions on Raw Milk Cheeses

Cheese enthusiasts are excited by the potential of tastier cheeses hitting the market soon. The FSANZ (Food Standards Australia and New Zealand), are considering a proposal that could see eased food safety restrictions on raw milk cheeses. This proposal, if it is passed, will allow for a greater range of cheeses to be sold within Australia and …

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Seafood Industry Representatives Argue For Country of Origin Labelling in Restaurants

The Australian seafood industry addressed a federal parliamentary inquiry this week with the message that Australian restaurant diners need to be ‘protected from deception’. They argue that most diners in restaurants believe that they are eating locally caught Australian seafood but in fact 70% of seafood consumed is imported from overseas. Current legislation specifies that …

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Controversial Food Health Star Rating System Reinstated

After years of negotiation and a controversial launch earlier this year that lasted just 20 hours, the Government has announced that the food health star rating will be reinstated in the near future and that it will be voluntary for food companies wishing to adopt the system over the next five years. CHOICE chief executive …

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Food Labelling Confusion Contributes to 1.3 Billion Tonnes of Food Waste

Between one third and one half of food produced for human consumption is wasted each year according to the FutureFood 2050 initiative. That’s more than 1.3 billion tonnes which could, if not wasted, feed over 1.25 billion people on the planet. FutureFood 2050 which is sponsored by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) released some particularly …

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Walmart Triples Food Safety Spending In China After Donkey Meat Disaster

Yesterday, Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, announced that it will invest 300 million yuan ($48 million US or about $51 million AUD) into improving its food safety in China by the end of 2015, after fox DNA was discovered in packages labelled as “Five Spice” donkey meat in January. This investment, originally projected at 100 …

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