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2012 Food Magazine Awards

4 July 2012

The Food Magazine Awards were established by Food Magazine in 2004 to recognise and reward best practice and innovation in food and beverage processing in Australia and New Zealand.

This year, HACCP Australia will again sponsor the Food Safety and Innovation in Non-Food award. This category specifically recognises non-food suppliers to the food industry and the major impact this sector has on food safety. Visitors to our website and subscribers to the HACCP Food Safety Bulletin will already understand the the importance of non-food material, equipment and services in regard to the integrity and safety of food.  It is hoped these awards will further raise the profile of these issues and assist the food industry recognise the benefits of true food safe design and charachteristics.

The winner of the Food Safety and Innovation in Non-Food Award will be announced at the 2012 Food Magazine Awards gala dinner to be held at Doltone House, Syney on the 1st of August.

Good Luck to all finalists !

NSW Chicken Business Fined for Listeria Contamination

16 November 2011

by  Matt Paish.

 

New South Wales-based company Australia Poultry and Food Wholesalers has been fined A$236,000 plus legal costs for supplying pre-cooked chicken that was found to contain Listeria monocytogenes.

The chicken was used in wraps that were supplied for inflight meals on the Virgin Blue airline. Listeria monocytogenes is dangerous for pregnant women, newborns, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Downing Centre Local Court, in Sydney, found that between December 2008 and June 2009, a food-borne illness outbreak resulted in 29 confirmed cases of listeriosis found in the airline’s passengers as a result of consuming the chicken supplied by Australia Poultry and Food Wholesalers, which trades under GMI Food Wholesalers Pty Ltd.

GMI Food Wholesalers Pty Ltd and its directors pleaded guilty to a total of 26 charges under the NSW Food Act 2003. The charges relate to a range of offences concerning the premises, production, packaging and sale of multi cut chicken breast.

New South Wales Food Authority CEO Alan Coutts said, “The bacterial ‘DNA fingerprint’ of the strain of Listeria monocytogenes found in the chicken was linked specifically to the laboratory confirmed cases identified. This was the first time that this type of bacterial DNA evidence was used in an Australian case of this kind.

Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacteria that can be found in some foods which can cause a dangerous infection called listeriosis. While eating foods that contain Listeria monocytogenes rarely causes illness in most healthy adults, it can be serious in more vulnerable people.

Mr Coutts said the NSW Food Authority was firm on its position that companies who breach the food safety requirements and risk public health be subject to enforcement, including prosecution, because it tarnishes the reputation of the vast majority of food businesses that are complying with requirements.

He said, “The Authority is diligent in its investigation and enforcement to ensure food products are safe and that consumers are protected. NSW consumers have every right to expect that the food they buy is safe and that companies who have sold food that has made people ill are prosecuted

 

3M Press Release

10 November 2011

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3M’s line of Scotch-Brite Scouring Pads and Scrubbing Sponges endorsed as “Food Safe” and “Fit for Purpose” by HACCP International

St. Paul, MN – November 10, 2011 –  HACCP International  has endorsed a comprehensive range of Scotch-Brite™ Scouring Pads and Scrubbing Sponges to be used for cleaning applications in all food processing, preparation and food handling facilities that operate in accordance with an HACCP-based Food Safety Program.

3M has certified a full range of scouring products for use in commercial food service outlets. These include the iconic Scotch-Brite™ Medium Duty Scourer 96, Scotch-Brite™ Medium Duty Laminate Scourer 74 and 3M’s full line of Scotch-Brite™ Light Duty to Heavy Duty Scouring Products.  “Now any restaurant or food service outlet around the world can purchase Scotch-Brite™ Scouring Products and have the peace of mind that not only will they be an efficient, effective cleaning tool, but that they are certified food safe,” says Mark Anderson, Global Portfolio Manager for 3M’s Food Service business. 

“3M produces an excellent range of Scotch-Brite™ Scouring Pads and Scrubbing Sponges to meet the needs of cleaning surfaces in contact with food,” says Bill Simos, Managing Director, HACCP International.  “During the evaluation review, our food technologists examine the product material, design specifications, manufacture, toxicity characteristic, contamination risk, labeling, claims and its contribution to food safety.”

HACCP International, headquartered in Sydney, Australia, provides certification to suppliers of products and services which display excellence in food safety and meet the needs of food business operating a HACCP based food safety program. HACCP International evaluates products and services which are submitted for certification using a risk based hazard analysis protocol based on the principles of HACCP as described in the Codex Alimentarius of the World Health Organization. for more information, visit www.haccp-international.com

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Food: The Last Battle of the Sexes ?

31 October 2011

Food: the last battle of the sexes?

Marj Lefroy

October 31, 2011 – 1:06PM

Food fight … do men and women need to eat differently?

Food. It’s one of the most controversial issues of our time: food prices, food security, food safety, food access, food modification, food distribution – and these days, food gendering.

Not ringing a bell? Think ‘real men don’t eat quiche’ and ‘salad’s for girls.’ Or take a moment to consider the advertising that targets diet products firmly at women and starchy, calorific meat pies at men.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/food-the-last-battle-of-the-sexes-20111031-1mrdv.html#ixzz1cK6p3mtq