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Notification Circular 172-21

​​​​​​27 September 2021


This Notification Circular includes notices that are required to be given to the public, submitters and appropriate government agencies, under the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act).

For information about progress on all current applications and proposals, including anticipated consultation opportunities, see the FSANZ Food Standards Development Work Plan.

Call for comment

FSANZ has extended the timeframe for comments by 2 weeks and invites written comments on the following consultation paper by 6pm (Canberra time) Wednesday 20 October 2021.

  • ​Proposal P1028 – Infant Formula Consultation Paper 3 - Regulatory framework and definitions:  To revise and clarify standards relating to infant formula products comprising category definitions, composition, labelling and representation of products. Consultation Paper 3 covers the regulatory framework particularly for special infant formulas or infant formula products for special dietary use (IFPSDU). Consultation Paper 3 discusses the regulatory options for Standard 2.9.1 and Schedule 29 and will inform the future Call for Submissions (CFS) which will summarise the entirety of considerations and outline the proposed regulatory approach.

Approval and Food Ministers' Meeting notification

FSANZ has approved variations arising from the following Application. FSANZ has notified this approval to the Food Ministers' Meeting: 

Once FSANZ has notified the Food Ministers' Meeting of its decision, it has 60 days to either request FSANZ to review the approved standard or inform FSANZ that it does not intend to request a review. Further information on the process is available at FSANZ website

Information Publication Scheme – Important information for applicants and submitters

Under the Information Publication Scheme, all applications to change the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, as well as submissions on applications and proposals, will be published on our website.

We will not publish any material provided in-confidence. Application documents will be published when we call for submissions. Where large numbers of documents are involved, FSANZ will make these available on request, rather than publishing on the website. Submissions are published as soon as possible after the end of the public comment period.

Other matters

Call for information, including data.

Amendment to Standard 1.4.2 – Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) [Australia only]

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has notified FSANZ of applications or variations to the APVMA MRL Standard that the APVMA considers will likely result in variations to Schedule 20 of Standard 1.4.2 if they are granted.

More information on these notifications can be obtained at Maximum residue limits – variations

Calls for public comment – Proposed variations to Standard 1.4.2

The APVMA has called for public comment on a number of proposed variations to Schedule 20 of Standard 1.4.2. Information can be found on the APVMA website.

Gazettal of amendments to Standard 1.4.2

The APVMA has registered a number of amendments to Schedule 20 of Standard 1.4.2 on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments. For further information, go to the ComLaw website.  

Contact us​

To make a submission or ask about submissions email submissions@foodstandards.gov.au.

Visit our contact us page if you have general questions about our work.

If you wish to be advised of developments with any of the matters listed above or require more information about anything in this Circular, email standards.management@foodstandards.gov.au.

If you have general questions about our work you can also write to us at:

The Information Officer
The Office Administrator
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
PO Box 5423PO Box 10559
Kingston  ACT 2604
Tel  +61 2 6271 2241     Fax  +61 2 6271 2278Tel  +64 4 978 5630       Fax  +64 4 473 9855
​Email: information@foodstandards.gov.auEmail: information@foodstandards.govt.nz

Food Secretariat

In accordance with the Food Regulation Agreement, the Australian Government Department of Health is responsible for providing secretariat services to the Food Ministers' Meeting, the Food Regulation Standing Committee and the Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation.

Visit the Food Regulation website or email the Food Regulation Secretariat for more information foodregulationsecretariat@health.gov.au

Previous Notification Circulars and Gazettes are available on the FSANZ website. The publically available FSANZ Work Plan also provides information on other applications and proposals. 



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