Food Standards Notification Circular
26 March 2012
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).
Details on the approvals from the notice below were published on 26 March 2012 in The Australian and The New Zealand Herald newspapers, as well as on the FSANZ website.
For information about progress on all current applications and proposals, including anticipated consultation opportunities, see the FSANZ Food Standards Development Work Plan http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/foodstandards/changingthecode/standardsworkplan.cfm
PROGRESS ON APPLICATIONS AND PROPOSALS
General information on progress on all current applications and proposals is available in the FSANZ Food Standards Development Work Plan which is available on the FSANZ website at http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/foodstandards/changingthecode/standardsworkplan.cfm
NEW APPLICATIONS AND PROPOSALS
FSANZ has prepared the following Proposal. An opportunity to comment will be available at a later date which will be publicly notified.
- Proposal M1008–Maximum Residue Limits (2012): To consider varying certain maximum residue limits for residues of agricultural or veterinary chemicals that may occur in food.
Prepared: 15 March 2012
Call for submissions
FSANZ invites written submissions on the draft variation to the Code for the following Application by 6pm (Canberra time) 7 May 2012:
- Application A1065–Packaging Size for Phytosterol-enriched Milk: to remove the current restriction on package size for milk enriched with phytosterols.
FSANZ invites written submissions on the draft variation to the Code for the following Proposal by 6pm (Canberra time) 21 May 2012:
- Proposal P1014 –Primary Production & Processing Standard for Minor Meat Species & Wild Game: to develop an Australia only primary production and processing standard for meat and meat products from minor species and wild game to provide a nationally consistent approach to the management of meat safety
- Proposal P1015 – Primary Production & Processing Standard for Horticulture: To examine options for primary production and processing requirements for the raw horticultural produce sector.
FSANZ invites written submissions on a consultation paper for the following matter by 6pm (Canberra time) 21 May 2012:
- Proposed Future Regulation of Nutritive Substances and Novel Foods in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code [ word 537 kb | pdf 1062 kb ]
Approval and Forum notification
FSANZ has approved variations arising from the following Applications. FSANZ has notified these approvals to the COAG Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation (Forum):
- ApplicationA1054 – Dibromo-dimethylhydantoin (DBDMH) as a Processing Aid
- Application A1061 – Amylomaltase as a Processing Aid (Enzyme)
- Application A1063 – Food derived from Herbicide-tolerant Soybean MON87708
Once FSANZ has notified the Forum of its decision, the Forum has 60 days to either request FSANZ to review the approved standard or inform FSANZ that it does not intend to request a review. Further information on the Forum process is available at http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/foodstandards/legislativeandgovernanceforumonfoodregulation/ .
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 can be obtained at http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/foodstandards/changingthecode/maximumresiduelimits/ .
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 at [ http://www.apvma.gov.au/publications/gazette/index.php ] .
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 http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/F2008B00619/Amendments .
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
To make a submission or ask about submissions email email@example.com .
If you have general questions about our work you can also write to us at:
The Information Officer
The Office Administrator
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
PO Box 7186
PO Box 10559, The Terrace
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
Tel +61 2 6271 2241 Fax +61 2 6271 2278
Tel +64 4 978 5636 Fax +64 4 473 9855
Food Regulation Secretariat
In accordance with the Food Regulation Agreement, the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing is responsible for providing secretariat services to the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council, 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 at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/foodsecretariat-database.htm .
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
WODEN ACT 2606
Previous Notification Circulars are available at http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/foodstandards/changingthecode/notificationcirculars/ .