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  • 13 Aug 2021 6:38 PM | Anonymous

    National Science Week is Australia's major national celebration and recognition of the sciences.   

    Celebrating this year’s theme, ‘Food: Different by Design’, the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology (AIFST), along with our partners, are pleased to announce the launch of the Australian Agrifood Science Portal. The AIFST has contributed with key resources focused on ‘What is food science & technology’ and ‘Food Science Teacher Resources’.

    The Portal has been designed to support school agrifood science educators with access to resources, programs, and ideas to inspire and engage students with the wonderful world of agriculture and food science.

    The Portal is a collaborative effort of partners from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA); AIFST; Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA); Action for Agriculture; University of Southern Queensland; Centre for Excellence in Agricultural Education – Richmond Agricultural College; and OzHarvest.

    A career in food science & technology is guaranteed to be challenging and fulfilling with so many opportunities in different fields of food science, by supporting our science teachers we are hoping to inspire the next generation of food scientists.

    The Australian Agrifood Science Portal is a great example of fulfilling the AIFST mission to advance and inspire all food sector professionals through education, collaboration and recognition to champion a robust, innovative science based Australian food industry to meet future food needs.

  • 25 Jun 2021 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AIFST recognises and respects the concerns of the community in relation to Corona virus (COVID-19). The situation in New South Wales, and Sydney in particular, in regard to COVID-19 has been unfolding rapidly.

    In response to the recent developments and ongoing uncertainty, we have made the difficult decision to move the AIFST Convention to a new date - 11 & 12 October – still at the same great location (Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park) alongside foodpro. To our partners, speakers, delegates, and volunteers – we will be in touch very soon to talk to you about the new dates and what this means for you. We are continuing to work to deliver the very best event possible for you and look forward to seeing you at AIFST21 and foodpro 2021.

    We will continue to provide updates via the AIFST21 Convention webpage, social media, and dedicated emails to our food industry community.

    Should you have any further questions please direct them to We look forward to seeing you at AIFST21 in Sydney this coming October - let us continue to grow, learn, and connect – together.

    Duncan McDonald                                      Fiona Fleming

    AIFST Chair                                                AIFST CEO

  • 31 May 2021 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Chr. Hansen Natural Colors A/S, an EQT portfolio company, announces new company name and identity following the move a standalone company. 

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark. May. 20, 2021 – Chr. Hansen Natural Colors A/S, the leading provider of natural colors with the widest natural color portfolio in the industry, has announced today the company will be known as Oterra™, effective immediately, and will begin the process to operate under the new name.  
    The new name, Oterra, is inspired by the Latin word for earth. The rebranding reflects the company’s commitment to provide the world with colors from natural sources, and contribute to food that is natural, authentic, safe and sustainable. The company’s ownership and staff have not changed. 
    CEO, Odd Erik Hansen stated “We have been producing natural colors for more than 145 years now – our new name and brand identity are rooted in this proud heritage and reflect our belief that nature provides the best ingredients. We help our customers meet the increasing global consumer demand for natural products by utilizing the power of nature’s true colors and our unrivalled expertise in colors for food, beverage and pet food.”
    The new name is the latest in a string of announcements for the company which was acquired by investment organization EQT in 2021. In April 2021 the company announced its first strategic investment with the acquisition of SECNA Natural Ingredients Group S.L., a move which supports EQT’s strong growth plans for the company. 

    Cees de Jong, Oterra Board Chairman, commented, “The board is very excited about the relaunch as Oterra – a name and identity that encapsulates our purpose and sustainable value proposition. We see great growth ahead for Oterra and are confident the company will accelerate its development under its new brand.”
    For more information about Oterra see

    About Oterra 
    Oterra is the largest provider of naturally sourced colors worldwide. Since our first color launch in 1876, we’ve utilized the power of nature’s true colors and championed that natural is best. We continue to share our unrivalled expertise in colors for food, beverage, dietary supplements and pet food to help manufacturers bring appealing products to consumers around the world. And we continue to empower our partners to meet demand for safe, sustainable and natural food on our journey together towards natural. 

  • 28 May 2021 2:33 PM | Anonymous

    The AIFST is pleased to welcome two new non-executive directors to the Board. Julie Cox and Bronwyn Powell were both appointed for a three-year term at the 2021 AGM held on 26th May.

    Julie is a commercial lawyer with nearly 20 years’ experience.

    Bronwyn is a senior marketer and specialist in digital transformation and food innovation with more than 30 years’ experience.

  • 24 Apr 2021 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    The latest edition of Food Standards News from FSANZ is now available on the FSANZ website.

  • 13 Apr 2021 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Traceability and Provenance Zone, sponsored by FIAL, will focus on solutions that are available now for small manufacturers who provide produce, ingredients, or pre-packaged goods for sale, to foodpro visitors. The Zone will present businesses across the whole of the supply chain and allow food and beverage manufacturers and producers to discuss an end to end solution. 

    Businesses that meet the criteria are invited to apply for inclusion, and if successful, will receive a subsidy of up to 50% on the full cost of participation in the Zone. For further information please visit the FIAL website here.

  • 3 Apr 2021 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    Food fraud occurs when a food supplier intentionally deceive its customer about the quality and contents of the foods they are purchasing. While food fraud is often motivated by profit, some forms of food fraud can also pose a direct threat to the health of customers and consumers. Detecting food fraud is a challenge because consumers alone cannot detect them, and food fraudsters are usually innovative in the ways they avoid detection. In Asia and the Pacific, the risk of food fraud is estimated to be high, due to the high demand for premium quality food combined with an increasingly globalised food supply chain.

    This document describes the key aspects of food fraud, and discusses a set of measures that food safety authorities can take in order to stop the persistent problem of food fraud. Among these, legal interventions combined with the use of technological tools seem to be promising tools in combatting the phenomenon.

    The adoption of a definition of food fraud at the national level could support the identification of targeted actions, and the tools which help the alignment of national legislations and measures with Codex Alimentarius food standards support national food safety authorities in addressing the problem.

    Access the tool kit:

  • 26 Mar 2021 7:15 PM | Anonymous

    Science & Technology Australia have released their 2020-21 Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration report.

    The employment and remuneration report is the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide available in Australia. Run in conjunction with Science and Technology Australia, free report includes:

    Overall results from the annual Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration Survey, including a 12-month detailed analysis on topics including working hours, employment sentiment, rates of pay, and more;

    An in-depth analysis of remuneration broken down into a wide range of demographics, including responsibility level, years of experience, qualification, job function, and much more.

    Download the Report
  • 10 Aug 2020 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    Commercial Food Sanitation (CFS), an Intralox company, integrates strategic consulting, expertise and training to provide durable solutions to food safety and sanitation challenges for food processing plants. They design food safety prerequisite programs for plants of the future and are dedicated to delivering the highest levels of quality food safety and operational effectiveness, to protect food processors’ brand reputation and long-term business profitability.

    AIFST members have free access to a series of training modules on Hygienic Design and Sanitation.

    Head to the Learn section of our website - you will need to be logged in to access the training.

  • 2 Aug 2020 8:07 PM | Anonymous

    A note from Food Standards Australia and New Zealand 

    Food regulators are aware that the COVID-19 pandemic may be interrupting the supply of inputs to food and grocery manufacture and supply from overseas.

    If you are experiencing interruptions to supply as a result of COVID-19 contact your home jurisdiction for advice.

    The home jurisdiction is the state or territory in which your food business is based, or in the case of a national chain, where the head office is located.

    Businesses should use the Pro forma for referral of COVID-19 related issues to the food regulator (Word 93 KB) to raise an issue and email it to their home jurisdiction.

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