Regulatory change could bring ‘exotic meats’ to Australia’s supermarkets
A proposal to amend the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, if brought to fruition, means so called “exotic meats” such as bison, emu and crocodile could be sold in Australian supermarkets within a year.Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), which administers the Code, has begun consulting on a proposal to change regulations for producers and processors of minor meat species and wild game.
Australian study links insufficient red meat with anxiety in women
Researchers at Deakin University, in Victoria, have found that eating less than the recommended amount of red meat is related to depression and anxiety in women.
Deakin University’s Associate Professor Felice Jacka investigated the relationship between the consumption of beef and lamb and the presence of depressive and anxiety disorders in more than 1,000 women from the Geelong region of the State of Victoria.
Woolworths labelling error prompts nationwide recall
Australian supermarket chain Woolworths has recalled two cupcake mixes from stores nationwide over fears they contain undeclared traces of milk and nuts following a labelling error.
The products in question are Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Devil’s Food Cupcakes (mix) and Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Confetti Cupcakes (mix). Both products are available in Woolworths, Safeway, Food For Less, and Flemings Supermarkets nationwide.
The products in question are sold in 255g red cardboard boxes. They are imported from the USA but Woolworths said it is responsible for the labelling error. The recall applies to products with all ‘best before’ dates.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has advised that consumers with a milk or tree nut allergy or intolerance to return the product to one of the stores for a refund.
Australian research identifies way to improve peanut allergy diagnosis
Researchers from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne have identified a new way to accurately test for peanut allergy.
It is hoped the test will be more cost effective and convenient than standard approaches and minimise over-diagnosis of peanut allergy in the community. The research was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology this week.
Currently, an oral food challenge is the standard for diagnosing peanut allergy, and while an oral food challenge is definitive in diagnosing patients, it is time-consuming, costly and patients risk severe reactions such as anaphylaxis.
The new test researchers have identified uses part of the peanut protein called ‘Arah2’ and involves a two-step screening process. The researchers found they could perform a blood test, followed by the Arah2 test, which was more accurate and highly predictive than using one of the tests alone. They found the two-step testing process reduced the need for oral food challenges by four-fold.
Season commences for new apple varieties in Australia
Two new Australian-grown apple varieties, Kanzi and Greenstar, will be available throughout Australia as of early April 2012.
The Greenstar and Kanzi Marketing Group, made up of several key Australian growers in conjunction with Giston Consulting Services, are responsible for the new apple varieties.
They have been collectively working towards this season’s harvest for the past five years.
Both apple varieties are grown in Australia’s apple-producing regions including Batlow and Orange in NSW, Manjimup in WA, Adelaide Hills in SA and the Mornington Peninsula in VIC.