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Tassal achieves sustainability certification

14 April, 2014

Tassal's major salmon farming site, Macquarie Harbour, has been certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard by SCS Global Services.

Committee recommends new risk analysis for imported fresh produce

01 April, 2014

A Senate Committee has recommended all bans on imported Fijian ginger, New Zealand potatoes and Malaysian pineapples be upheld.

Australian Made Campaign welcomes inquiry into food labelling

01 April, 2014

The announcement of a Senate inquiry into country-of-origin labelling for imported foods has been welcomed by the Australian Made Campaign.

Inquiry to examine truth in country of origin food labelling

31 March, 2014

Food labels are set to be scrutinised after Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane referred an inquiry into country of origin food labelling to the House of Representatives Agriculture and Industry Committee. The inquiry will examine truth and clarity in country of origin food labels.

Panel announced for competition review

28 March, 2014

Members of the review panel for the government's 'root and branch' review of competition law have been announced. Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson announced the three members and chair on 27 March.

RACP calls for restrictions on infant formula marketing

26 March, 2014

The federal government's decision to scrap an independent panel overseeing the proper use of breast milk substitutes has prompted calls from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) to restrict the marketing of infant formulas in Australia.

TGA issues summary of amendments to Therapeutic Goods Act 1989

25 March, 2014

A number of amendments to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 came into effect on 28 February 2014. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a summary of the 13 main sets of amendments.

Red tape continues to choke Australian business, says ACCI

25 March, 2014

The red tape choking Australian business is getting worse, according to the ACCI's 2013 National Red Tape Survey. Around 70% of businesses surveyed said regulatory burdens have increased in the past 12 months.

Senate Inquiry examines procurement of Australian products

24 March, 2014

AUSVEG has been called to appear before a Senate Inquiry on Australian Government Procurement. The organisation has been asked to submit a series of recommendations on how to improve the government's procurement practices.

Queensland company fined for breaching import requirements

24 March, 2014

A Queensland food importer has been fined for failing to undertake required testing. B&E Packaging imported 1500 kg of cooked and peeled prawns from Vietnam but released the prawns before the correct inspection, testing and authorisation process was conducted.

AFGC welcomes cuts to excessive red tape

21 March, 2014

AFGC has welcomed the introduction of the Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill into parliament, claiming it marks the start of the government's regulatory reform that will reduce the regulatory burden on businesses.

Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Taskforce announced

19 March, 2014

The Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Taskforce has been announced by Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. The task force aims to develop an industry-led growth plan for the sector.

Comment invited on application for GM cotton-derived food

18 March, 2014

FSANZ is calling for comments regarding a Dow AgroSciences application to permit food derived from a genetically modified herbicide-tolerant cotton line.

New national safety standard for China

14 March, 2014

China has published a national safety standard to set limits for pathogens in food: GB 29921-2013. The standard, published by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, will be effective from 1 July 2014.

Fonterra to accept four charges for whey protein recall

13 March, 2014

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has filed four charges relating to breaches of the Animal Products Act against Fonterra for the whey protein concentrate (WPC80) recall in 2013. Fonterra says it will accept all four charges.

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