Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) aims to permit the sale of monk fruit as a sweetener in the two countries by January 2019. Currently, monk fruit is only approved for sale as a fruit or drink flavouring.
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) is to embark on a year-long review of the rules governing sugar claims in relation to alcoholic drinks, amid ministerial concerns of misleading messaging to consumers.
Heinz's US$1.64 million (A$2.25 million) fine in Australia for claiming that its toddler-targeted snack, Little Kids Shreds, was healthy and nutritious for young children, has sparked calls for action in New Zealand too.
New Zealand Health Minister Dr David Clark has told FoodNavigator-Asia that his appointment of a well-known sugar tax advocate does not signal a change in government policy, but has emphasised that food and beverage firms need to do more to slash sugar...