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Heart Foundation launches Halt Hidden Salt campaign

11 March, 2014

If Australians were to reduce their salt intake from processed foods by just 15% over 10 years, 5800 heart attacks and 4900 strokes per year could be prevented, the National Heart Foundation of Australia estimates.


AMA calls on food industry to stop "undermining" star rating system

04 March, 2014

AMA Vice-President Dr Steve Hambleton has called on the food industry to put its full support behind the proposed star rating system for food.


IFT releases Traceability supplement to Journal of Food Science

26 February, 2014

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has announced a new Traceability supplement as part of its Journal of Food Science. The supplement includes articles, summaries and a white paper.


Amcor's acquisition of Detmold packaging business passes ACCC review

21 February, 2014

Amcor's proposed acquisition of Detmold Group's Australian flexible packaging business will not be blocked by the ACCC, the competition watchdog has announced.


Imported foods have 99% compliance with Aust standards

18 February, 2014

New figures from DAFF show that most imported foods comply with Australia's strict food standards. According to a new report from DAFF, the results of tests applied to imported food show a consistently high rate of compliance.


Organic farmer sues neighbour for GM 'contamination'

14 February, 2014

West Australian organic farmer Steve Marsh is taking his neighbour Michael Baxter to court after Marsh's farm was allegedly 'contaminated' by genetically modified (GM) canola from Baxter's farm.


Industry welcomes Anti-Dumping Commission's findings

05 February, 2014

The Anti-Dumping Commission has released a Statement of Facts about imported processed tomatoes which indicates that 56% of all processed tomatoes imported from Italy have been dumped in Australia.


SPC Ardmona busts myths about "over-generous" staff allowances

05 February, 2014

SPC Ardmona has hit back against accusations that its "over-generous" staff allowances are the cause of its difficulties. The company has issued a media release challenging what it says are false claims about the business, including that it is a "union shop".


Food and Health Dialogue "very weak", voluntary regulation not working

04 February, 2014

Despite the federal government's Food and Health Dialogue making a valiant effort to make foods healthier, Australians are being failed by the system, Professor Bruce Neal from the George Institute and The University of Sydney says.


Two-year sentence for illegally imported meat

03 February, 2014

An importer has received a gaol sentence after she was found to have illegally imported more than 10 tonnes of meat from Korea.


Who audits the auditors? How rockmelons can turn deadly

31 January, 2014

96% and a stellar audit rating did not stop a US rockmelon farm from selling contaminated melons that killed 33 people. How much responsibility should the auditor bear?


Sugar tax could solve obesity crisis: researchers

28 January, 2014

US researchers have found the solution to obesity-related disease: a sugar tax. Taxing sugar before it’s actually added to processed foods is one way to reduce the disease burden - and associated medical costs - of obesity in America, the researchers claim.


Queensland male partially shuts down fruit and vegetable movement in part of NZ

24 January, 2014

The Queensland fruit fly is a notifiable insect in NZ because it could seriously impact on the country's horticultural industry. So finding just a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap has caused the NZ Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to place controls on the movement of whole fresh fruit and some vegetables out of a specific area of Whangarei.


DAFF ceases radionuclide testing of imported Japanese food

24 January, 2014

DAFF has announced it will cease testing food imported from Japan for radioactive contamination, following advice from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.


SA flavour producer fined $41K for workplace injury

23 January, 2014

South Australian flavour producer Taste Master Pty Ltd has been fined $41,250 by SafeWork SA for failing to provide and maintain its plant in a safe condition, and failing to ensure that the plant was operated safety.


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