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Deadlines set for comments to FSANZ on changes Down Under

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), which has responsibility for food safety in Australia and New Zealand, has upcoming comment deadlines for several draft variations to its food code.   Three applications with comment deadlines in coming weeks are: A1131 – 1 (Protease) as a Processing Aid (Enzyme) Seeks a permit for the use of aqualysin 1 sourced from Bacillus subtilis… Continue Reading

U.S. signs reciprocal food safety agreement with Australia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has signed an arrangement with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources recognizing each other’s food safety systems as comparable to each other. This is the third time that the FDA has recognized a foreign food safety system as comparable, the first being New Zealand in 2012 and… Continue Reading

Final report published on boy’s death from drinking raw milk

Were it not for his drinking raw milk, a 3-year-old Australian boy who died in 2014 would very likely still be alive to this day. That much has been known since the inquiry by Coroner’s Solicitor Rebecca Cohen. With the publishing of findings by Coroner Audrey Jamieson, those findings became final and official on Nov…. Continue Reading

Coroner rules raw milk caused death of three-year-old boy

Raw milk was the probable cause of death of a three-year-old boy in 2014, the Australian Coroner’s Court has ruled. An  inquiry by Coroner’s Solicitor Rebecca Cohen found that the previously healthy Victoria boy, began suffering from gastro symptoms on Sept. 30, 2014, and was admitted to Frankston Hospital four days later. He was transferred… Continue Reading

Made By Cow’s version of raw milk available Down Under

Cold-pressed “raw milk” goes on sale this week in Australia. It uses high pressure processing instead of heat, which the Australian Food Standards Code recognizes as pasteurization. The new process is being called revolutionary in producing milk that is said to be creamy and wholesome. That means the startup company, Made By Cow, can legally… Continue Reading

New food code now in effect for Australia and New Zealand

The new Food Standards Code for Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) became fully effective on March 1. Steve McCutcheon, chief executive officer of FSANZ,   said the new code more closely aligns with the food acts of Australian states and territories and New Zealand. There is no transition period between the old and new… Continue Reading

Australian Outbreak Caused by Cross-Contamination From Kitchen Utensils

A handheld kitchen stick blender contaminated with Salmonella caused a mass food poisoning outbreak in Brisbane, Australia, this past spring. According to health investigators, the bacteria were found on several kitchen utensils and had “incubated” during the cooking process. At least 250 people who attended a convention for school principals held at the Brisbane Convention and… Continue Reading

Australia’s High Court Grants New Trial to Raw Milk Dairy Farmers

Despite calling their cowshare program a “scam,” Australia’s Supreme Court has ordered a retrial of raw milk dairy farmers Mark and Helen Tyler over their sale of raw milk. The Tyler’s dairy is located in Willunga Hill, which is south of Adelaide. A Magistrates Court had found the couple guilty of one count each of… Continue Reading

Criminal Trial Delayed in Australian Outbreak Linked to Raw Egg Mayonnaise

A criminal trial involving a Salmonella outbreak which sickened more than 160 people in Australia in May 2013 has been delayed until February 2016. The trial was delayed in order to acquire more expert evidence, sources told a Canberra newspaper. The outbreak was reportedly linked to raw egg mayonnaise served in potato salad at the Copa… Continue Reading

Australia’s Foodborne Illness Rates Falling Except for Salmonella

Recent reports show that foodborne illness rates in Australia are falling except for Salmonella. According to an Aug. 12, 2015, story posted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, there has been a 50-percent increase in Salmonella infections in Victoria since 2012, and Salmonella infections have doubled in Queensland so far this year. Salmonella bacteria can be found in… Continue Reading