Australia New Zealand Food Authority Food Standards The Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) was created to develop and implement uniform food standards in Australia and New Zealand. Any person or organisation can apply to ANZFA to have food standards developed or varied. The authority publishes notices asking for public submissions in relation to applications. Public submissions help the authority make an informed assessment which is then recommended to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council (the council). The processes of ANZFA in assessing applications are described in the booklet ``Introducing the Australia New Zealand Food Authority''. Please contact one of the officers below for your copy of this document and for further information on the applications: Standards Liaison Officer Australia New Zealand Food Authority P.O. Box 7186 CANBERRA MAIL CENTRE ACT 2610 AUSTRALIA Tel: (00 61 06) 271 2219 Fax: (00 61 06) 271 2278 or Standards Liaison Officer, Australia New Zealand Food Authority P.O. Box 10-559 The Terrace WELLINGTON 6036 Tel: (04) 473 9942 Fax: (04) 473 9855 All submissions should be forwarded by mail or facsimile to the above named by 2 October 1996. Matter at Inquiry The authority has completed an assessment of the following application and now seeks comments on the draft variation to the Food Standards Code. Animal Protein in Canned Foods for Infants and Young Children (A281). To delete clause (7) of Standard R5Canned Foods for Infants and Young Children. This clause imposes compositional and labelling requirements related to protein content on foods where a reference is made to a source of animal protein. There are no restrictions on protein content in canned infant foods in the New Zealand regulations. Matter Before Council The authority has completed an inquiry into the following application and has recommended to the council the adoption of a draft variation. The authority will now hold a further inquiry into this matter in New Zealand and will make a further recommendation to the council on the issue following this consultation. Cadmium in Rice Crackers (A208). To enable the applicable maximum permitted concentration (MPC) of cadmium in food to take into consideration the proportion of water removed during the manufacture of fooddraft variation to Standard A12Metals and Contaminants in Food. The New Zealand regulations specify that the permissible proportion of cadmium in any food other than shellfish is 1 mg/kg.