Conflicting objectives in Country of Origin Labelling?
Four new definitions recommended “Made of Australian ingredients” claim: at least 80% by weight (excluding water) of all ingredients or components of Australian origin. “Made of Australian and imported ingredients” claim: >50% by weight (excluding water) of ingredients and components of Australian origin. “Made of Imported and Australian ingredients” claim: <50% by weight (excluding water) of ingredients and components of Australian origin “Grown in Australia” claim: for unpackaged foods wholly grown in Australia.
New online grocery store to take on Australia’s major supermarkets
An ambitious new online grocery store, Groceryrun.com.au, is being launched today. It aims to provide more competition for Australia’s leading supermarkets and is claiming its business will “halve grocery bills” of those who shop through it. Groceryrun.com.au says it has conducted a 12-month trial with “CatchOfTheDay” offering groceries as part of a two day monthly shopping event where the company claims it sold on average two grocery items a second and netted over $1 million in 48 hours.
Cheese recalled after shard of metal found
New Zealand-based dairy giant Fonterra has recalled several batches of its Mainland Tasty cheese after a shard of metal was found in one of its block cheese products. The products in Australia recalled are: Mainland Extra Tasty block 200gm with a best before date of 28 February 2012 (batch JI) Mainland Extra Tasty block 400gm with a best before date of 28 February 2012 (batch AI). The products in question are sold in Woolworths, Coles, IGA and Franklins supermarkets.
Fruit juices recalled over fears that they contain metal shavings
Japanese soft drink company Asahi Beverages Australia Pty Ltd and Woolworths Supermarkets have announced an immediate recall of several home branded fruit juices over fears that they may contain metal shavings. The products in question are Woolworths’ Apple Time Juice Varieties with the following best before dates: Apple Time Apple (2 litre) 28/05/2012, Apple Time Apple Mango (2 litre) 28/05/2012, Apple Time Triple Berries (2 litre) 28/05/2012. These products have been recalled in Queensland only. Woolworths Homebrand Orange (3 litre) with a best before date of 27/05/2012 or 29/05/2012, and Woolworths Homebrand Orange Mango (3 litre) with a best before date of 27/05/2012 or 29/05/2012 are subject to a nationwide recall.
Salt levels in bread voluntarily lowered by Australian manufacturers
The Medical Journal of Australia has published a report which has found that non-government volunteer organisations in Australia and New Zealand have had a positive impact in encouraging bread manufacturers to voluntarily reduce sodium levels in bread products in Australia and New Zealand. Dr Helen Eyles from The University of Auckland’s Clinical Trials Research Unit said, “Bread is the largest contributor to dietary sodium intake in both Australia and New Zealand, and excess sodium can cause blood pressure to rise over time, greatly increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.”
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