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Poppy seeds not meant for human consumption are behind a number of poisonings in Australia, according to health officials.

Investigators found the non-food grade poppy seeds incorrectly entered the food supply chain. It is not clear how this happened. They are not intended for people to eat and are not

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Foodborne illness costs Australia almost AUD $2.5 billion annually, according to updated estimates.

Figures show the scale of the problem is $2.44 billion (U.S. $1.58 billion) each year. The largest component is lost productivity because of non-fatal illnesses, followed by premature mortality and direct costs including hospitalizations and other healthcare

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There are various approaches to food sampling in four nations, including the United States, as shown in a report published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Campden BRI reviewed food control systems in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.

The study looked at how authorities perform sampling and
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Australian regulators have opened a comment period on proposed new food safety management standards for foodservice operators and retail businesses.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)’s preferred approach is to change the rules to require a food safety supervisor on staff, food handler training and to ensure businesses can provide
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Imported food and foodborne illness are among the top concerns for consumers, according to a survey in Australia.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) commissioned the University of Adelaide to get insight into consumers’ responses to food safety incidents and outbreaks.

Data from the Food Insights Questionnaire (FoodIQ) during September
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Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has been given a grant to create an international food safety forum.

The almost AU $500,000 (U.S. $363,000) award was announced by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

FSANZ hopes it will initially include Australia, China, the Republic of Korea, Japan
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Australian officials have reported three hepatitis A infections linked to dates imported from Jordan.

The strain is identical to the one that caused an outbreak of hepatitis A in the United Kingdom earlier this year, which was also caused by fresh Medjool dates from Jordan. Dates were recalled by Sainsbury’s
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