Australia prepares rapid food safety amendments
Manufacturers campaigning to amend the Australian Food
Standards Code will have their complaints processed in a much
shorter time, under new regulatory amendments coming
into force next week.
New Zealand authority faces court battle over GM
The Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) will face a
court hearing in March 2008, after an anti-GM group claimed that it
has illegally approved the field testing of genetically modified
Australia pledges extra cash for drought-stricken farmers
Processors world-wide fear wheat shortages, as reduced crops this
summer have led to the government pledging extra funding for
farmers to keep supply levels high.
Australian and New Zealand health claims update
An update on proposed health claim regulations in Australia
and New Zealand, which could have far-reaching results for
European companies, will be given at a conference later this month.
Asia-Pacific heads into food safety battle
In light of global publicity over food scares originating in
Asia-Pacific, the region is now fighting back, both internally and
globally, by making food safety its top priority.
Australia pushes for Korean trade deal
Australia must enter into a trade agreement with Korea or face
losing 12.5 per cent of its food and agricultural exports to the
US, a new report warns.
New Zealand pushes for traffic light labelling
The New Zealand government should impose "traffic light" health
labels on foods and beverages, recommends a parliamentary
China defends its food safety to WHO
China has defended its food safety standards in a notice sent to
the World Health Organisation (WHO), while another food safety
official has been sent to prison for bribery charges.
Australian proposals target acrylamide and GM
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (Fsanz) is considering five
new ingredients and additives for use by the food industry,
the regulator announced today.
China withdraws credit from polluting companies
A blacklist of polluting companies, including two well known food
processors, was issued by China's environmental watchdog yesterday,
which denies bank loans in attempt to punish those that flout
China introduces new novel foods regulation
China is set to introduce a new regulation on novel foods on 1
Vietnamese food safety must improve, say experts
Vietnamese food safety needs to be improved as part of wider
modernisation requirements, according to officials from both home
New Zealand invests to facilitate food exports
New Zealand today launched a major initiative to boost its food and
beverage exports, including NZ$19m earmarked for new market
development and a roadmap for innovations.
Ho Chin Minh City chiefs plan development
A project to improve the quality of food production in Ho Chin Minh
(HCM), will increase the city's competitiveness in the global
market, the local administration has said.
New Zealand campylobacter fight shows early promise
New Zealand's fight against campylobacter is beginning to show
signs of promise, after years of problems, the national regulator
said last week.