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Notification Circular 21-13

8 November 2013


This Notification Circular includes notices that are required to be given to the public, submitters and appropriate government agencies, under the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act). 
For information about progress on current applications and proposals, including anticipated consultation opportunities, see the FSANZ Food Standards Development Work Plan.

Call for submissions

Major procedure

FSANZ invites written submissions on the draft variation to the Code arising from the following Proposals by 6pm (Canberra time) 10 January 2014:

Other matters

BSE Risk Status – Applications for Assessment

On 22 October 2013, FSANZ received an application from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to undertake a food safety assessment of its Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) risk status. FSANZ will commence the BSE assessment of Japan in 2014.

Amendment to Standard 1.4.2 - Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) [Australia only]

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has notified FSANZ of applications or variations to the APVMA MRL Standard that the APVMA considers will likely result in variations to Schedule 1 of Standard 1.4.2 if they are granted.
More information on these notifications is available from our maximum residue limits page.

Calls for public comment - Proposed variations to Standard 1.4.2

The APVMA has called for public comment on a number of proposed variations to Schedule 1 of Standard 1.4.2.
Information can be found on the APVMA website.

Gazettal of amendments to Standard 1.4.2

The APVMA has registered a number of amendments to Schedule 1 of Standard 1.4.2 on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments. For further information go to the ComLaw website.

Information Publication Scheme - Important information for applicants and submitters

Under the Information Publication Scheme all applications to change the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, as well as submissions on applications and proposals, will be published on our website.
We will not publish any material provided in-confidence. Applications will be published when we publicly notify FSANZ's decision after an Administrative Assessment has been completed and the application has been accepted. Submissions will be published as soon as possible after the end of the public comment period. Where large numbers of documents are involved, FSANZ will make these available on CD, rather than on the website.

Contact us

If you wish to be advised of developments with any of the matters listed above or require more information about anything in this Circular, email
To make a submission or ask about submissions email
Visit our contact us page if you have general questions about our work. 

Food Regulation Secretariat

In accordance with the Food Regulation Agreement, the Australian Government Department of Health is responsible for providing secretariat services to the Legislative Governance Forum on Food Regulation, the Food Regulation Standing Committee and the Implementation Sub-Committee.
The Food Regulation Secretariat sends information updates to stakeholders on a regular basis. If you would like to receive these updates (this is separate and in addition to updates from FSANZ), register your details on the Food Regulation Secretariat Stakeholder Database. A registration form is available on the website.
Alternatively, the Food Regulation Secretariat can be contacted on:
Phone: +61 2 6289 5128
Fax: +61 2 6289 5100
Postal Address:
Food Regulation Secretariat
PO Box 4


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