The following is the announcement in 2018 on the Codex Alimentarius website of the agreement that the 07 June each year will now be World food safety Day, as of 2019. It is included here with permission.
Today the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a World Food Safety Day. Starting in 2019, every 7 June will be a time to celebrate the myriad benefits of safe food.
“World Food Safety Day will be a chance for everyone to take a moment to think about something we often take for granted: food safety”, said Codex Secretary Tom Heilandt. “Thanks to the widespread efforts of Codex Members and Observers, the international community will speak with one voice on 7 June to promote awareness and inspire actions for safer food”, he said.
Unsafe food is a threat to human health and economies, disproportionally affecting vulnerable and marginalized people, especially women and children, populations affected by conflict and migrants. It also damages global trade leading to further food waste, which can no longer be tolerated in a world where many still suffer from hunger. The new annual observance, established thanks to concerted efforts led by Costa Rica, will draw attention and direct efforts to stopping the roughly 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses that occur annually.
How the proposal came about
It all started at the FERG – the Symposium on the Global burden of Food borne diseases – in Amsterdam on 15 December 2015, when then Codex Alimentarius Commission Chairperson Awilo Ochieng Pernet of Switzerland suggested the need for a World Food Safety Day. During her tenure as Chairperson, the idea became a concrete proposal set forth by Costa Rica. In 2016, the 39th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission unanimously agreed to promote the proposal to establish a World Food Safety Day on a permanent basis within the framework of the United Nations.
The 40th Session of the FAO Conference in July 2017 adopted a resolution in support of a World Food Safety Day and the World Health Organization expressed their support in December 2017.
The proposal was then unveiled in New York at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at a July 2018 side event featuring Codex Members, Observers, parent organizations and the current and previous Commission Chairpersons.
The Twitter video campaign
The Codex community took part in a video campaign on Twitter, led by the Codex Secretariat from 17 September until 20 December 2018. Codex Members, Observer organizations and the general public joined in to express their support for creating a UN day dedicated to food safety: over 100 replies, including videos, photos and messages were received in the above-mentioned period for a total of over one million interactions.
See the World Food Safety Day section on the Codex Alimentarius website
More than 14000 Australians have had their say in the 10th annual Products of the Year.
The winners have just been announced and some companies have done very well.
There has been a significant change in the list with 20 percent of the products being healthy and allergy-free alternatives to traditional foods and beverages.
For the first time there were two categories specifically for gluten free foods, which highlights that suppliers are moving to addressing a growing need in the market.
Sarah Connelly, Product of the Year Director, said: “A category that we have seen consistent growth in each year is ‘convenience foods’ but this year we are seeing more vegetarian easy-option foods, which simply haven’t been available before.”
The winners from the Nielsen research were rated by the consumers based on six key principles;
- Relevance – Is the product fulfilling a need or addressing a problem?
- Uniqueness – Does is stand out and bring something new to the category?
- Excitement – Does it excite them? Would they spread the word?
- Likeability – Does it deliver what you want?
- Value Perception – Do you think it provides value for money?
- Purchase Intent – How likely are you to buy this product (again)
The full list of 2018 winners of the Product of the Year can be found at
A food product recall is something that no food manufacturer goes into lightly as there is a significant cost and potentially loss of market involved.
Recalls are only enacted when there is a food safety hazard involved and once that is made public, there is always a loss of confidence in the product and, in fact, the whole brand.
There has only been one Food Product Recall in Australia which actually resulted in an increase in market share. The Arnotts extortion case was so well handled by the company that the public actually deceided to buy that brand in preference to other biscuits brands available.
This is unfortunately the exception, and most brands suffer from a product recall. These recalls may be due to microbiological issues, other contaminations, or incorrect labelling.
It is the incorrect labelling recalls which are truly the most frustrating for food companies because they are due entirely to at least one mistake made by either individuals or the processes in those businesses.
There are two current recalls as shown below which are good examples of labelling problems which end up as recalls.
In one the wrong labels has been placed into one of the labelling machines and the packed product not checked before production started. This is recall could easily have been avoided by a simple check of the first labelled bottle and a change to the rear label as required. In this case the returned product could be potentially relabelled and sent back out for sale.
The second is a bigger issue and is the result of the label design not being properly checked before it was printed, this not only means that the product has to be returned with all the costs associated with that, but will also require the reprinting of the actual label and the disposal of the current stock of labels, as well as the food involved. This is a very expensive type of recall and could have been avoided if the labels were properly checked and signed off before they were printed.
Nearly all recalls are due to something going wrong in the business, but it is the labelling based recalls which simply should not happen, if the individuals and processes in businesses are working as they should.
The two recalls notices below are from Food Standards Australia nNw Zealand and are include here with permission.
Schweppes Lemonade 1.1L
Best before: 11MAR19 with time code from 20:16 to 20:40
MANUFACTURING CODE: 3202
Available for sale in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania
Problem: An incorrect label (Schweppes Lemonade Zero Sugar) has been applied to the rear of the bottle which does not accurately describe the ingredients used in this product. The front label is correct.
Food Safety Hazard: This product contains sugar. Consumers who have a medical need to avoid sugar should not consume this product.
Where sold: Coles and IGA supermarkets as well as some independent outlets in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.
What to do: Consumers who have a medical need to avoid sugar should not consume this product. Please return the product to place of purchase for a refund.
Further information: The best before date and time as well as the manufacturing code are stamped on the back of the bottle, below the label. The first line is the date and time code and the second line is the manufacturing code.
Contact details: Call the Schweppes Consumer Relations Centre on 1800 244 054 (9am until 5pm AEDT Mon – Fri).
YouFoodz Clean Paprika Chicken
Use By 29.09.2018
YouFoodz PTY LTD is conducting a recall of the above product/s. The product has been available for sale via direct distribution by YouFoodz in NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC, SA, NT, WA.
Problem: The recall is due to the presence of an undeclared allergens (Fish, Gluten, Egg and Milk).
Food safety hazard: Any consumers who have a Fish, Gluten, Egg or Milk allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed.
What to do: Consumers who have a (Fish, Gluten, Egg or Milk) allergy or intolerance should not consume this product and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Country of Origin: Australia
For further information please contact:
YouFoodz PTY LTD
07 3633 0708