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Australian Government Proposes Release of Commercial GM E.coli Vaccine

In a potentially ground-breaking food safety development, the Australian Government is assessing an application from worldwide animal research company Zoetis, that petitions to commercially release a GM (genetically modified) vaccine in poultry that will deliver immunity from E.coli disease and infection

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First Australian Research Centre to Focus on Fresh Food Safety Opens

Following a number of fresh food health scares that began to arise in 2011 with the discovery of toxic listeria contaminating rockmelon within the US and polluted sprouts in Germany, Australia’s first research centre dedicated to the safety of fresh food products has opened its doors. These contamination incidents killed dozens of people, leading to …

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How Aussie Food Businesses Can Capitalise On Food Trends in 2014: Part 1

With Tourism Australia’s ‘Restaurant Australia’ campaign set to bolster the Australian economy by promoting our unique food lifestyle, now is the time to start thinking about how your business – whether it’s a restaurant, cafe, hotel, or catering business – can capitalise on 2014 food trends and make the most of the global trend towards culinary travelling. This article, …

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Is Sustainable Palm Oil A Sustainable Option For Food Manufacturers?

Just last week, the world’s largest consumer products company, Proctor & Gamble changed its policy for palm oil supply in reaction to pressure from activist group Greenpeace, vowing to use only sustainable palm oil in its products. The Sustainable Palm Oil Trend The trend toward sustainable palm oil is growing in leaps and bounds. As consumers revolt against …

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Australian Shoppers Value Food Safety, Says New Local Study

Food safety is the most important quality to Australian supermarket shoppers, according a new independent study from Roy Morgan Research. Safety outranked convenient trading hours, low prices, easy parking, and the range of fresh produce for consumers. Food Safety a Very Important Deciding Factor Fifty-seven percent of respondents aged 14 and over said food safety …

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Unit of Competency Update for Food Safety Courses

At AIFS, we’ve recently updated the Unit of Competency codes for some of our food safety courses. Read on to find out why.   What is a Unit of Competency? When you complete nationally recognised, or accredited, training in Australia you receive a document called a Statement of Attainment which lists the Units of Competency …

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American Investment in New Victorian Research and Testing Centre

American measurement firm Agilent Technologies has opened a cutting-edge new Spectroscopy Technology Innovation Centre in Mulgrave, Victoria. The high-tech $25 million facility, located within the Monash Technology Precinct, offers world-class research and testing laboratories along with customer demonstration and training facilities. It will improve local capabilities to analyse a range of food and beverage products. …

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Food Packaging Can Be More Sustainable

Sustainability in food packaging has always been a major issue for all types of food manufacturing companies as well as organisations that promote food safety. One of the most important parts of sustainability comes in the type of materials used to package the products. And the right packaging can provide a much longer shelf life …

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Is Aspartame Safe?

It seems that every few years a new study comes out about aspartame, making people seriously consider its safety. This artificial sweetener is used in a number of products, especially diet beverages.  While the sweetener has long been in use, a few studies have shown concern that the artificial sweetener can cause cancer. Of course, …

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Oxford Study Shows Vegetarians Have Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Recently, Oxford University completed a study that lasted more than a decade. This study also involved more than 40,000 participants. The purpose of the study was to determine if vegetarians are less prone to heat disease. The results are actually quite interesting: the study indicated that people who eat a vegetarian diet are 32% less …

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