News and blog posts

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Water is essential for life but in many cases is also a vehicle for human illness and even death. World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that contaminated drinking water causes 502,000 diarrhoeal deaths each year and at least 2 billion people consume and use drinking water contaminated with feces.
The next-generation diagnostic tool uses biological sensors to detect substances like lactose on the spot. It has potentially game-changing applications across food safety, environmental monitoring and human health.
As soon as food product engineer Nuno F. Soares learned that ISO 22000 for food safety management would be updated, he knew he wanted to write about it.
The wide range of opportunities in industry organizations can offer a glimpse into future career development or offer a learning experience that rounds out your professional repertoire.
You’ve been working, creating and building a food and drink business so you’d know that being across the latest food and drink trends can be the difference between having an impact or being irrelevant. And then there’s the competition to stay ahead of. Global foodies and consumers are embracing what’s hot, healthy and visibly appealing more than ever.
Ask any successful science of food professional and they will tell you networking has been a key part of advancing their career—with industry events and conferences providing some of the best opportunities to make lifelong connections.
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.