The world’s largest dry – mixed recycling facility is opening in Sydney. When it reaches full capacity in July 2021 it is expected to process up to 300 tonnes of materials a day.
It has cost $100 million and employed around 400 during it’s construction. It will employ around 100 people when fully operational. The New South Wales waste levy has provided some of the funding for the project.
The Eastern Creek facility will process a variety of materials including those from the construction and demolition industry and the commercial and industrial sectors which make up a large proportion of our waste.
This facility is good news for New South Wales and Australia as it will reduce some of the need currently to export material to be recycled in other countries.
If businesses can increase their recycling, the amount of material going into facilities like this one at Eastern Creek will be reduced.
Planet Ark has just released it’s new “ A Simple Guide to Workplace Recycling Stardom”.
This guide will help all types of businesses significantly increase their recycling and reduce their waste.
The Guide can be downloaded at https://businessrecycling.com.au/research/workplace-stardom-guide.cfm?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Planet%20Ark%20News%20May%202021&utm_content=Planet%20Ark%20News%20May%202021+CID_87738e519cfca273005ae59c39e33e37&utm_source=Campaign%20Emails&utm_term=Download%20now
The following is a media release about an application about a processing aid from a genetically modified source from Food Standards Australia New Zealand and is included here with permission. It is also interesting because the purpose of the new processing aid is to reduce lactose content in dairy products, so that those who have lactose intolerance may be able to consume these products.
With Winter rapidly approaching, Norovirus is often more commonly found. So following is a media release from the Food Safety Information Council about it and how to prevent it being a problem this Winter. The media release is included here with permission.
Handwashing not hand sanitiser best way to stop gastro causing norovirus
The Food Safety Information Council today warned that good handwashing rather than using hand sanitiser was more effective in reducing the risk of catching the gastro causing norovirus.
Cathy Moir, Council Chair, said not all viruses are the same and although hand sanitisers are very effective against reducing the spread of COVID-19, they have little effect on the spread of norovirus. To effectively remove Norovirus you must wash your hands using soap, rubbing for 20 seconds and rinsing with running water then drying thoroughly.
‘Norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhoea. Cases occur all year round but they peak during winter possibly because that is when we tend to be in closer contact indoors allowing the virus to easily spread. Norovirus outbreaks are also common where people are in close living spaces, such as aged-care and child-care facilities, hospitals, cruise ships and community sporting events.
‘Norovirus is highly contagious. A single infected person can easily spread it to many others, especially if they don’t wash their hands properly or prepare food or drink for others while they’re sick,’ Ms Moir concluded.
Following these 5 simple tips can greatly reduce the chance of you getting norovirus and spreading it to others:
- Wash your handsto prevent spreading norovirus – you will reduce your risk of getting norovirus (or spreading it to others if you already have it) by frequently washing your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds and drying for another 20 seconds. The most important times to wash hands are after going to the toilet, vomiting, changing nappies, cleaning up vomit or faeces (poo) or attending to a sick person who has vomited, and before eating and preparing food. Don’t put your fingers in your mouth as they may have picked up a virus from an infected surface. If you have gastro don’t share hand towels with others; use paper towels or your own separate hand or kitchen towel.
- Don’t prepare food or drink for others if you have gastro – as you can easily make the rest of your household sick as well. Do not handle or prepare food for the family or household for at least 24 hours after symptoms have stopped. The safest thing to do is to arrange for someone else in your household to prepare food and drink. If no one else is available to cook then try to prepare food that needs minimal handling such as frozen food that can be cooked in the microwave – or treat yourself and your family to a take away that someone else can serve up.
- Stay at home if you or your child have gastro – don’t go to work, visit your friends or loved ones in care facilities or send your child to school or childcare because norovirus can spread rapidly. Most schools and childcare have exclusion periods and will let you know when your child can return. Remember, that if you work in a food business, if you have gastro you must tell your supervisor and not handle food
- Don’t share plates, utensils or drink bottles with others – as this is an easy way to spread a virus.
- Take care when you can travel overseas again – where sanitation is suspect drink bottled water and remember to use it for brushing your teeth and avoid food buffets, uncooked foods or peeled fruits and vegetables, and ice in drinks. Outbreaks of norovirus have occurred on cruise ships so wash your hands regularly and follow the instructions of the crew so your holiday isn’t spoiled.
Lydia Buchtmann, Food Safety Information Council, 0407 626 688 or email@example.com
The following are the details of a webinar from the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology
Food Recall Workshop – Online interactive webinar
When: 6 May 2021 1pm – 5pm AEST
Having policies and procedures in place for a food or beverage product recall is one thing, executing them is another.
AIFST is pleased to be hosting a comprehensive workshop to help you develop the skills necessary to implement a program to evaluate and test the recall policies and procedures in place in your business.
This workshop will help you to understand how even the simplest oversights can derail an otherwise sound procedure. You will learn to evaluate the who, what, where, when and why of recalls and how a properly handled recall not only effectively protects the consumer, but also allows for the public image of a company to improve.
- How to maintain a recall plan that is relevant to your business
- That a mock recall is more than just a traceability exercise
- Whether you have the resources to manage a recall
- The common pitfalls of recall execution
- What to look for in a product recall insurance policy
The workshop will also feature a recall simulation exercise designed to challenge and provide opportunities to learn.
This workshop is suitable for food and beverage business owners, Managers, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Managers, Technical Managers, Food Recall Coordinators and Recall team members.
AIFST members will receive a membership rate.
Registrations at https://aifst.asn.au/event-4195596
The following is a Recall notice from the New South Wales food authority and is included here with permission.
Recall: Naturally Good Super Paleo Breakfast Biscuits 150g
23 April 2021
The NSW Food Authority advises:
Naturally Good Products Pty Ltd is conducting a recall of Naturally Good Super Paleo Breakfast Biscuits. The affected flavours are Lemon Chia, Maple Hemp and Vanilla Flax. The products have been available for sale at independent food retailers including IGA & health food stores in NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC, TAS, NT and SA.
- Naturally Good Super Paleo Breakfast Biscuits 150g
- All best before dates from 26-08-2021 up to and including 15-03-2022
Problem: The recall is due to potential for an increase in moisture which may lead to microbial growth.
Food safety hazard: Food products may cause illness if consumed.
Country of origin: Australia.
What to do: Consumers should not eat this product and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.
For further information please contact:
Naturally Good Products Pty Ltd
(03) 9460 8050
The following is a recall notice from Food Standards Australia New Zealand and is included here with permission.
Bondi Protein Co Vegan Protein Bar 60g
Date published: 23 April 2021
Yours Truly Chocolates is conducting a recall of Bondi Protein Co Vegan Protein Bar Chocolate Flavour 60g & Salted Caramel Flavour 60g. The products have been available for sale at Chemist Warehouse nationally.
Chocolate Flavour: Best Before 040222 & 140322
Salted Caramel Flavour: Best Before 290122
The recall is due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (peanut).
Food safety hazard
Any consumers who have a peanut allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed.
Country of origin
What to do
Consumers who have a peanut allergy or intolerance should not consume this product and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.
For further information please contact:
Chemist Warehouse Customer Service Team
(03) 9462 9111 / customerService@amsolutions.net.au
With the source of the SARs-COV2 virus being suspected as animal to human transmission in a wet market in China, there is a call by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to stop the sale of live wild animals in food markets around the world, with the exception of aquatic species like fish.
There are significant reasons why not having live wild animals in wet / food markets is necessary, including food safety, hygiene and reducing animal to human transmission. Holding animals in these environments creates waste issues, as well as blood and other bodily fluid when these animals are slaughtered on site.
Guidance has been issued by the WHO and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to make these markets much safer and to reduce the likely public health risks.
It is being recommended that sale of live wild animals in these markets should be temporarily put on hold until local authorities implement practices and monitoring to ensure that the guidance for food safety, hygiene, sanitation and environmental standards are met.
The difficulty is that in many of these markets around the world, the capture and sale of live wild animals is often the major income source for low income populations, so even halting these sales for a short time is going to have massive implications.
This is another situation where there are two competing and equally important issues, the livelihood of thousands of people around the world and the health of them and their customers, and by extension, as COVID-19 has shown, the population of the world. It has to be carefully managed and supported by local authorities and governments generally.
The following is a recall notice from the New South Wales Food Authority and is included here with permission.
Byron Bay Pizza Co Pty Ltd ATF Ross Family Trust is conducting a recall of Byron Bay Pizza Co. BBQ Birdie frozen pizza 500g. The product has been available for sale at independent food retailers including IGA in NSW & QLD.
· Byron Bay Pizza Co. BBQ Birdie frozen pizza 500g
· All Best Before dates up to and including 02/07/2021
Problem: The recall is due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (fish).
Food safety hazard: Any consumers who have a fish allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed.
Country of origin: Australia.
What to do: Consumers who have a fish allergy or intolerance should not consume this product and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
For further information please contact:
The 12 May is National Steak Sandwich Day. So this year, with COVID restrictions eased, we all need to think about heading out and celebrating it.
The steak sandwich is a popular staple at pubs all over Australia and is a cheaper way to enjoy a steak.
So what makes a great steak sandwich? Obviously the type of steak and how it is cooked, but is it the caramelised onions, pineapple, mustard, BBQ sauce, type of cheese, toffee onions, tomato, mayonnaise, type of lettuce, beetroot or any of the other ingredients found in steak sandwiches across the country?
It could be the bacon, or the prawns, or the egg, or aioli, or the halloumi, or the onion rings, or the relish, or pickle either on the sandwich or on the side. The bread or roll used is definitely important, with Turkish bread being very popular.
Like the Chicken Parmigiana and the burger, other popular pub staples, steak sandwiches vary depending upon the Chef and the people ordering it.
In 2019, the best steak sandwich in the country was awarded to The Oaks in Neutral Bay by the Australian Hotel Association (AHA).
The AHA in Western Australia is has just announced the finalists for that state’s 2021 Best Steak Sandwich. The winner will be announced after a cook off this month in front of a judging panel. This is particularly exciting as there was no award last year due to COVID restrictions, so having the competition back this year is a way of showing that things are returning to normal.
60 venues across the state battled it out to get to the finals, and thousands of votes were cast by the public to determine who will face the judges this coming week.
So we will shortly know what those in WA think should be on a steak sandwich, what do you like on yours?
There are at least 17 cases in an outbreak across eight states in the USA. The strain has been identified as one of Salmonella typhimurium.
The cases range from a 2 month old baby to an 89 year old, and has been ongoing since 26 December 2020, thankfully there have been no deaths so far.
It is expected that the number of cases will significantly increase due to the lag in reporting.
It has been found that the source of this outbreak is likely to be wild birds as there has been a noted increase of wild birds dying and on testing it has been found to be due to the same genomic strain as that causing the human outbreak.
Of the 17 current cases, 13 have a bird feeder and 10 have pet birds either with access to or in contact with wild birds.
It is being highly recommended that bird feeders be taken outside to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at least weekly or when even slightly dirty.
Handwashing is , as always, essential as a way of prevent outbreaks.
Pets should be kept away from outside bird feeders to reduce the likelihood of spread.
For more information on this very interesting Salmonella outbreak –https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2021/04/salmonella-outbreak-sickens-people-in-8-states-birds-dying-from-same-strain/?utm_source=Food+Safety+News&utm_campaign=0b6251de1c-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f46cc10150-0b6251de1c-40232899