Category Archives: Food science

Food composition and contamination, Bacterial and physical contamination, General pollutants (heavy metals), Food labelling, food trace metals, compliance with Foods Standard Code, food forensics and/or contamination, toxins in shellfish or seafood.

Up-market Gold Coast eatery Saks closes after failed council inspection and $15,000 fine

Gold Coast Bulletin Lucy Ardern 30 September 2014

ONE of the Coast’s most long standing restaurants, Saks, has closed its doors for good after a dead cockroach was found in a surprise inspection.

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Coles banned from advertising frozen bread as ‘Freshly Baked’

ABC News Jamelle Wells 29 September 2014

Coles has been ordered to put a notice in all its supermarkets, and on the internet, telling customers it has broken consumer law by incorrectly advertising bread which was partially baked and then frozen as being “Baked Today” or “Freshly Baked”.

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Woolies recalls spread on allergy fears

News Corp Australia Network 26 September 2014

WOOLWORTHS has issued a national recall on its Macro Brazil, Almond and Cashew spread, saying it may contain traces of peanuts.

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Water-Energy-Food Nexus Forum – Conference Alert

The Ship Inn, Brisbane, 26 November 2014

The demand on water resources across the energy, agricultural and urban water sectors is ever increasing, and is a constant challenge in managing sustainable water supply.

Instead of working independently, a more coherent approach is needed to develop workable solutions to the myriad challenges faced by these industries. Businesses together with government, NGOs, academia and civil society can and should play a role in this new understanding.

The Forum will focus on three key themes of the water-energy-food nexus:

  • Responsible governance of natural resources
  • Collaborative policy and practice
  • Economic growth and the way forward

Bringing together some of Australia’s most influential and engaging leaders from the water, agricultural and energy sectors, the Forum presents a unique opportunity to share inter-related expertise. This multi-sectoral event enables attendees to build relationships outside their traditional industry and workshop new ways of balancing the nexus.

View forum website for further information and to download preliminary program

Rooting out horse-meat fraud in the wake of a recent food scandal

(American Chemical Society 17 September 2014) As the United Kingdom forms a new crime unit designed to fight food fraud — in response to an uproar last year over horse meat being passed off as beef — scientists from Germany are reporting a technique for detecting meat adulteration. They describe their approach, which represents a vast improvement over current methods, in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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Obesity group concerned over sports drink labelling changes

ABC News Amy Bainbridge 23 September 2014

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is considering easing restrictions on the health claims manufacturers can use for their sports drinks, with public submissions closing next Tuesday.

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The Conversation 25 September 2014

Bio-reactive food expiry label could cut food waste

ScienceAlert Australia Fiona Macdonald 19 September 2014

A researcher has created a use-by-date label that decays as the same rate of food, in order to drastically reduce unnecessary food waste.

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