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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AusVeg “Appalled” at Health Star Rating System for Shunning Vegetables

The Health Star Rating system, a voluntary structure that was initially renounced by various State, Federal, and Territorial food & health ministers in June of 2013, continues to be a difficult concept for many to swallow. Although it was developed by credible food and beverage industry bodies, as well as consumer and public health experts …

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Brisbane’s Eat Safe Program Adopted By Other Australian Councils

Brisbane’s food safety rating system, Eat Safe, has recently been adopted by other councils in Queensland and Tasmania according to the Brisbane Times. Bundaberg Regional Council is one of the new councils to adopt the scheme having purchased the $2000 program from Brisbane City Council. The program, introduced in 2010, awards restaurants between zero and …

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Brisbane Diner Finds Live Roach in Risotto

The DM Restaurant and Jazz Bar in South Bank, Brisbane, has been fined $24,000 after a diner found a live cockroach in her chicken and mushroom risotto. According to the Courier Mail, the diner was horrified to find the insect. “I was just about to tip on some parmesan and my daughter-in-law said: ‘Oh my …

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Is it Safe for Children to Drink Coffee?

These days it’s not unusual to see toddlers and other children sitting with their parents and enjoying a babycino (frothed milk with chocolate powder on top) as their parents sip on their latte or flat white. But in what could be a more disturbing trend, more children and teenagers than ever before are drinking real …

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Maggie Beer on a Mission to Improve Food in Aged-Care Facilities

Maggie Beer, the well-known gourmet food producer and Australian of the Year 2010 has announced that she is on a mission to improve food in aged-care facilities around Australia. Starting in South Australia, the campaign will begin with a pilot program to improve food in three facilities – Abbeyfield Nursing Home at Williamstown, Mount Pleasant …

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One-Minute Halal Detection Kits Being Developed in Malaysia

Following on from a scandal in Malaysia last month when Cadbury’s confectionary products where incorrectly accused of being non-halal, the University of Selangor (Unisel) has begun developing a DIY kit for Malaysian Muslims to determine whether food is halal. The kits will take less than a minute to detect non-halal ingredients in food, cosmetics and medicines. …

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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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