News and blog posts

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The AFGC is conducting this survey on PIF V6.0 to gather information to assist with the roll out of the online version. 
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) - Current Consultations (as of 22 September 2019).


Young dairy scientists are offered the opportunity to pitch their exploratory work to the nation’s leading dairy farmers.
Two recent Food Safety related news releases caught my attention: incidents where good/bad faith were being questioned.
That’s what Hannah Naismith had to figure out when she started work as a food scientist/nutritionist at Nutrafruit, a small company that owns the global commercial licence to the Queen Garnet plum variety.
Allergen related recalls are almost always due to cross-contamination of allergens or using incorrect packaging or errors on the label being applied.
In a new research study has investigated whether altering food intake during the nightshift could optimise how shiftworkers feel during the night and reduce their sleepiness.
An innovative startup company from Finland has piloted a new alternative protein product made out of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
All scheme documentation is available on FSSC 22000 website under the menu Scheme. It is notable that up to the moment of the publication of this article, there is no gap analysis provided between 4.1 version and version 5.
Applications are now open for the new Seeds of Change Accelerator - a Mars Food Australia initiative to help fast-track growth of innovative food-focused start-ups and small businesses.
There is a new buzz among food packaging manufacturers: How to manage allergen(s) when shipping materials are sent back from manufacturers who facilitate declared allergens. Third-party auditors are noticing the return program of dunnage and are asking questions.
FOODTECH Qld, a triennial trade exhibition, was launched in 2016 to support the burgeoning food and beverage manufacturing industry in the northern state. For the second time, the event will bring about 140 exhibitors and hundreds of visitors together across three days from July 28.
A lot has changed in the food and beverage processing world in the past decade, from regulatory changes to trends in what consumers want to eat and drink. Consumers want healthy, sustainable, organic and allergen-free foods.
Rapid urbanisation over the recent years has taken a toll on Asia’s digestive health. Easy-to-consume and highly processed foods have now become mainstays in the diets of many Asians who live fast-paced and busy lifestyles.
VITAL® 2.0 has been developed to provide a risk-based methodology for food producers to assess the impact of allergen cross-contact and to assist in providing appropriate precautionary allergen labeling. DTS FACTA is endorsed by the Allergen Bureau to deliver this training.
Previous entrants in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards say that their involvement has led to better staff morale, improved profiling with their customers and stronger community relationships\
Food Allergy Week runs from 26 May -1 June 2019 and calls on all Australians to Be Aware and Show You Care by getting involved with this year’s activities.
Did you know that one of the United Nations sustainable development goals is to reduce food wastage? The AIFST recognises that our industry is in a prime position to make a positive impact towards this and as a result is a partner of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre.