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All GM foods to be declared on labels if Californian bill passes

25 September 2012

Jessica Burke

Genetically modified (GM) food is a controversial issue that is set to become an electoral one in the US, with one state set to vote on the practise.

In November, California will be the first state to vote on whether declaration labels will be mandatory on all genetically modified food.

Up to 18 states in the US have attempted to pass similar laws in the same way, but so far all have failed to make it to the statewide ballot.

But in California, Proposition 37 as it is known, has received over a million citizen signatures, indicating it will be successful and foods that have been genetically modified with have to include that information on labelling.

Read more here from Food Magazine ; 

Reduce coolroom contamination risks with Bluescope

19 August 2012

Reduce the risk of harmful cool room cross-contamination

with COLORBOND® Permagard® steel

As the risk of bacteria in cool rooms and hygiene-sensitive environments continues to grow premium cool room panel products such as COLORBOND® Permagard® steel are helping to meet the challenge.

For over six years, COLORBOND® Permagard® steel has provided the cool room industry with the proven strength of COLORBOND® steel combined with the unique Microban® antibacterial technology to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, such as escherichia coli (known as e.coli) which leads to food borne illnesses as a result of cross-contamination.

Microban® technology is proven to inhibit the growth of surface bacteria. The antibacterial protection technology is durably incorporated into COLORBOND® Permagard® steel during the manufacturing process and is an intrinsic part of the product. When bacteria comes into contact with the product surface, the Microban® technology reacts with the cell wall of the bacteria and disrupts key cell functions so that it cannot grow, function or reproduce. BlueScope Steel has the exclusive license for the Microban® technology in Australia and New Zealand for pre-painted steel composite panels.

Eating foods spoiled with bacteria, such as escherichia coli which has been identified by food science organisation, HACCP Australia, as a rapidly growing occurrence in Australian cool rooms, can cause a range of illnesses from diarrhoea and vomiting, to kidney failure and, in extreme cases, can be fatal.

As a premium product, COLORBOND® Permagard® steel has undergone numerous assessments and is either approved by or in compliance with the regulations of the European Union Scientific Committee for Food, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Food and Drug Administration as well as the Australian and New Zealand Food Authority. COLORBOND® Permagard® steel is certified by HACCP Australia as a ‘FoodSafe’ product for ceiling and wall linings of food storage and processing facilities.

Martin Stone, director of HACCP Australia, explains how cool room panels, such as COLORBOND® Permagard® steel with Microban® antibacterial technology, can help reduce the prevalence of bacteria and contamination in cool rooms and hygiene-sensitive food environments:

“Good hygiene and prevention of cross-contamination is important. Cross-contamination from bacteria can lead to food poisoning and over 5 million people are reported to be effected by food poisoning every year in Australia. As HACCP technologists are well aware, food contamination is often the result of contact with unclean and unhygienic surfaces.”

“COLORBOND® Permagard® steel works by minimising the risk of contamination by reducing the opportunity for bacteria to transfer to food so there are real benefits from using this product.”

To further reduce the risk of cross-contamination, COLORBOND® Permagard® steel works continuously and will not wash off. This ensures its effectiveness between cleanings and in areas that are difficult to clean. Tests have shown that even after simulated cleaning, using typical cool room detergents over a period of 10 years, COLORBOND® Permagard® steel remained highly effective in its antibacterial properties and was resistant to corrosion.

The product can be used in a range of applications such as cool rooms and facilities that store and process food items where food hygiene and safety is a primary concern including supermarket cold storage areas, food processing plants, abattoirs and wineries.

COLORBOND® Permagard® steel is backed by a BlueScope Steel warranty*. It is available in the colour Permagard® White and in a range of panel thicknesses from 50mm to 200mm.

For further information on COLORBOND® Permagard® steel, call Steel Select on 1800 022 999 or visit

* Warranty terms and conditions apply. Warranties are not available for all products and applications. The duration, terms and conditions of available warranties vary according to product use and application. To determine the eligibility of your project, visit or call 1800 022 999.


For all media enquiries, interviews or images please contact James Cooley at Stellar* Concepts Australia on 02 9281 8000 or

BaitSafe® judged winner at the 2012 Food Magazine Awards

6 August 2012

BaitSafe® was announced the winner of the Food Safety and Innovation in Non Food category at the 2012 Food Magazine awards.

BaitSafe® is a pest control product like no other. A cleverly designed rodent bait-station, it can easily be installed within a food facility particularly in areas that are difficult to access. BaitSafe® can be fitted to ceilings, eaves, external stud walls, lean too’s, sub floors, virtually anywhere that rats and mice live and breed. BaitSafe’s® patented locking system prevents accidental opening of the bait station thus denying access to the poisons located within. The only way a BaitSafe® bait station can be opened is by use of the BaitSafe® tool.”

BaitSafe® is MakeSafe’s® first product in a line of innovation. Referred to as the “Next Generation in Bait Station Technology,” BaitSafe® has under gone 2 years of extensive field testing preparing for the product launch at the FAOPMA Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre on July 11.

Prior to the product’s release, BaitSafe® has already proven to be a winner amongst its peers. Gary McMahon CEO and Co-Inventor said “The Collison Award and HACCP Australia Certification for use in the Food Industry add depth and credibility to BaitSafe®. We are not just telling people how unique and safe BaitSafe® is, we’re proving it.”

Some examples of BaitSafe’s® uses other than commercial food applications are, homes, Apartments, Aged Care Facility’s, Child Care Centres, Schools and Hospitals just to name a few.

As the team at MakeSafe® say “If you must bait for rodents, think food safety, think environment, think BaitSafe®”.

BaitSafe® can be contacted on 1300 065 467 or email or visit


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 !