Dairy divide: South Korea urges local industry to ‘clarify misconceptions’ on new policy

The South Korean government’s grand plans to overhaul local dairy policies and pricing systems have been met with major pushback from industry groups and confusion from farmers, with the ministry in charge calling on critics to “clarify their misconceptions” instead of opposing “progress”.

The local Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) has attempted to make several major changes to the local dairy sector since 2020/2021 in light of the increased consumption of dairy products in the country, but has significantly reduced local dairy self-sufficiency in the past. 20 years to achieve this, resulting in increased dependence on dairy imports.

MAFRA Livestock Policy Office Director Park Bum-soo proposed a differential pricing system for raw milk and processed milk during a high-level meeting with industry leaders l year in hopes of improving profitability, local production and self-sufficiency, which was met with mixed reactions from the industry.

Show us the science: Japanese companies must prove product safety to win new packaged food license exemptions

Japan’s health ministry has urged local food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence and evidence of their products’ food safety credentials if they want to take advantage of new license exemptions for 19 food categories.

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) recently announced that 19 new types of processed food products have been successfully reviewed by the ministry and designated as exempt from the requirement to apply and obtain a specific sealed packaged food manufacturing license from the governor of the prefecture. .

This Sealed Packaged Food Manufacturing License applies to companies producing food that is sold in a sealed packaged format but does not need to be frozen or refrigerated, due to a potential risk of developing contamination microbial, for example by Clostridium botulinumor botulinum toxin.

Previously, only two types of food products had this exemption in Japan, namely vinegar and honey, but after receiving several requests from industry, the MHLW revised it to include 19 other categories, including rice. brown, milled rice, wheat, coffee beans, tea, granulated/powdered foods, roasted seaweed and more.

For infant formula: FSANZ invites public comment on use of 2′-FL produced via new GM strains

Food Standards Australia New Zealand regulator is seeking public comment on the use of 2′-O-fucosyllactose (2′-FL) produced using new genetically modified (GM) strains in infant formula .

A human milk oligosaccharide (HMO), FSANZ approved 2′-FL for voluntary use in infant formula and complementary foods formulated for young children in December 2019.

Approved 2′-FL is produced by microbial fermentation using Escherichia ​coli (E. coli) K12 production strain SCR6.

This time around, the 2′-FL in question is also produced by microbial fermentation – but using E. coli BL21 strains.

Nuclear free? Japanese government calls for support for UK’s proposal to lift Fukushima import restrictions

Japan hopes the UK will lift bans on food imports from Fukushima following a positive risk assessment report, citing the benefits of lower trade barriers and lower costs for the food sector.

The UK recently published a risk assessment report in December 2021, on the possible radiological risk to public health from the consumption of imported Japanese food if radiocaesium levels were removed, indicating that it was considering lift bans on food imported from areas of Japan affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

The results of the report were very positive in favor of Japan – although the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) did not recommend the bans be lifted outright, it concluded that removing the limit would not result in no increased risk to public health.

“The conclusion of this risk assessment is that removing the maximum level of 100 Bq/kg on radiocaesium for imported Japanese foods would result in a negligible increase in dose and any associated risk to UK consumers,”said the FSA via an official statement.

Five must-have regulations on the agenda to impact the APAC food industry in 2022​

From India’s new hemp regulations to Singapore’s sugary drink control policy to plant-based labeling in several countries, we bring you five must-have policies and regulations that are expected to have a significant impact on the industry. food and beverage in Asia-Pacific in 2022.