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Role of Food Science and Technology in Humanitarian Response


Webinar now available for public viewing and download.
On 28 June 2018, Mr Anthony Donnellan and Mr Nunzio Cristaudo from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, provided a talk on the Australian Government’s Measurement Law Review and how it relates to the food industry.
Building Healthier Foods Portal is a new platform that connects you to trusted experts and consultants so you can make better business decisions and solve technical challenges.
From 1 July 2018, the Department of Agriculture and Water resources will be inspecting all imported food to ensure it complies with the new Country of Origin Labelling Information Standard 2016.
As a food importer, you are responsible for ensuring the imported food is safe and meets the mandatory allergen labelling requirements in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
I really am at a loss to understand the hate directed against sugar these days.  It is, after all, the body’s energy source of choice and an essential part of the human diet, either as saccharides or more complex carbohydrates.  I laugh, though, when my friends tell me they have quit sugar but have honey on toast for breakfast.
Words by Chris Preston, ComplyANZ

As we approach the zero hour for country of origin labelling, I hope you are starting to breathe a sigh of relief rather than descending into abject panic.  Whichever you may be feeling, it is worthwhile reviewing the data exercise that necessarily will accompany origin labelling into the foreseeable future. because the data is what substantiates your claim and can change far more rapidly than you can change labelling.

Populating the pipeline for the future has been an ongoing challenge in FMCG. It's time to bring that future forward.

Fine food producers from across NSW have the chance to promote their products to thousands of national and international buyers on the NSW stand at the Fine Food Australia event in Melbourne later this year (10-13 September).

Top tips to consider to help filter market intelligence on food and nutrition trends, and to decide how best to apply this information to your business.

This summer, OzHarvest is partnering with MobileMuster to fight another of Australia’s biggest waste issues - e-waste!

sustainable Ag

Recent advances and future prospects in the agri-supply chain. 

Words by Chris Baldock, University of Sydney

How we consume protein, changing and redefined demographics, and the war against waste will affect the way we produce and consume food in the future.

Words by Sarah Hyland, AIFST

We should be celebrating food processing, not demonising it, for when it comes to public health it’s outcomes are positive. Just take milk as an example.

Words by Geoffrey Annison PHD, Australian Food and Grocery Council

The Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC) have released their recent Attitudinal Study tracking Australian consumption of grain-based foods and legumes revealing postitive numbers for grain manufacturers. 

The 2018 AIFST Summer School will be hosted by Curtin University, WA from Thursday, 22 February to Friday, 23 February 2018. Read here for more information.

Renew your membership before 31 December for a 10% discount on your 2018 membership!

Consumers are re-defining food values and what's good for them. To be a leader not a follower in the food revolution there are 3 key strategies to act on.

Over-labelling food products with allergen warnings reduces choice for allergy sufferers and can be misleading.
So what are the alternatives and how best can the food industry protect the consumer?

Words by Penny Jones