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. at State Library

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Who, What, Why: Is it safer to cook rice in a coffee percolator to avoid arsenic?

BBC News Magazine 23 July 2015

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast found that preparing rice in coffee filter machines can reduce harmful amounts of arsenic which can cause bladder and lung cancer as well as damage to the nervous system. This is particularly an issue with babies and small children, whose exposure is greater.

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Food labelling laws a problem for seasonal food manufacturers

ABC News | ABC Rural Marty McCarthy 27 July 2015

Australia’s largest ginger processor says the new country of origin labelling laws could be problematic for processors who rely on seasonal ingredients.  The Department of Industry has acknowledged the issue and given three options for processors concerned about how to labels products that change seasonally.

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Government’s proposed country-of-origin labels leave you to guess where your food comes from

The Conversation Melanie Voevodin July 22, 2015

The government has presented a snapshot of its proposed new country-of-origin food labels, after a four-month development and consultation process. The current laws came under fire in February, after a hepatitis A outbreak from frozen berries that were grown in China and Chile.
Reluctant to act initially because he said new labels may impose a “burden on industry”, Prime Minister Tony Abbott changed his mind just days later, announcing an inquiry to be led by Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Industry and Science Minister Ian Macfarlane. The information released yesterday during a joint press conference is a glimpse of what Australia’s country-of-origin food labels could look like as early as “later this year”.

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Cockroaches found in food at Brisbane Night Noodle Markets; authorities to investigate vendor

ABC News 24 July 2015

Brisbane City Council is investigating the discovery of cockroaches in food served at a stall at the Night Noodle Markets at South Bank.
An ABC staff member purchased the pork dumplings last night.
Councillor Christa Adams said council food safety officers were looking into the incident.
“We definitely have officers out there today and investigating the vendor that served the pork buns, so we take it very seriously when we get these reports,” she said.

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Government announces new labelling system for Australian food

ABC News 22 July 2015

After a Cabinet meeting this morning Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce emerged for a joint announcement with the Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane on Country of Origin labelling.

They outlined plans to use simple gold bar as the new national standard for showing whether food has been grown, made or packaged in Australia.

The labels weave in the existing ‘Made in Australia’ green and gold kangaroo with a yellow bar showing whether a product was grown or made in Australia and the percentage of local ingredients.

The labels would initially be voluntary, but manufacturers would be forced to use them from next year if the states and territories agree to the proposal.

Melbourne hotel’s high tea at the centre of salmonella outbreak

ABC News 20 July 2015

The Langham hotel in Melbourne is at the centre of salmonella outbreak which has made at least 34 people sick, including six who have been hospitalised.

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