Food Standards The authority advises progress on the following matters relating to Food Standards. You are invited to present written submissions to the authority on these matters, including the potential regulatory impact on consumers, industry and government, by the dates indicated. The information papers on these matters give further information and are available from: The Office Administrator P.O. Box 10-559 WELLINGTON 6036 Telephone: (04) 473 9942 Facsimile: (04) 473 9855 Matters at Full Assessment The authority has made a preliminary assessment, accepted the following application, and will now make a full assessment of it: Use of Hempseed and Hempseed Oil in Food Products (A360) An application received on 16 July 1998 from Ecofibre Industries Association of Australia to permit the use of hempseed and hempseed oil in food products. You are invited to present written submissions to the authority on matters relevant to this application, including the potential regulatory impact on consumers, industry and government, by 24 February 1999. The information paper on this matter provides further information, including advice on the authority's policy regarding submissions. Matters Before Council The authority has completed its consideration of variations to standards and new standards prepared at full assessment of the following matters and has made recommendations to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council that they be adopted into the Food Standards Code: Maximum Residue Limits (A347) An application to amend Australian Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for a number of agricultural chemicals as currently prescribed in the Food Standards Code. Food sold in New Zealand which is either domestically produced or imported (other than from Australia) must comply with the MRL provisions in the New Zealand Food Regulations 1984. Food imported from Australia must comply with either the New Zealand MRLs or the Australian MRLs. Sulphur Dioxide on Longans (A351) An application to permit the fumigation of longans with sulphur dioxide to a level of 10 mg/kg in the edible aril and require labelling of unpackaged longans treated with sulphur dioxide. Folate / Neural Tube Defects (NTD) Health Claims (P192) A proposal to include further products on the register of approved products to carry a folate / NTD health claim. Nationally Uniform Food Safety Standards (P145 and P160) Proposals to introduce nationally uniform food safety standards in Australia. These standards do not apply to food produced in New Zealand.