Are Low Carb High Fat diets for sports performance all hype?

(9 August 2016) An interview with top Australian sports dietitian Louise Burke OAM, PhD, APD, FACSM, who recently published a review examining the roles of fats and carbohydrates in sports prerformance.

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Do food manufacturers hide sugars on food labels?

(9 August 2016) Food manufacturers are accused of ‘hiding’ sugar because they use different kinds of sugars with different names in the same product. The SRAS explores the different sugars added to packaged foods and regulation around sugar labelling.

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Current developments in food law and policy
(10 August 2015)

PM announces final version of Australia’s Country of Origin Law
(4 August 2015)

Fizzed Out: Why a Sugar Tax Won't Curb Obesity

(9 July 2015) The Taxpayers’ Union is today launching a report which corrects the recent claims of New Zealand campaigners about the effectiveness of sugar taxes in curbing obesity.

The report contains Nielsen sales data, which is being publicly released for the first time in New Zealand.

Key findings:

Only 1.6 per cent of New Zealanders' total energy intake comes from the added sugar content of sugar sweetened non-alcoholic beverages
New Zealanders' consumption of sugar and sugar sweetened beverages is trending downward
New Zealanders are still getting fatter despite consuming less calories, suggesting that we’re not burning as many calories
Sugar taxes hurt the poor and do not result in the decreased consumption tax-supporters claim
Similar taxes overseas have not worked - Mexico’s tax on soda resulted in no decrease in consumption, despite recent claims to the contrary by New Zealand campaigners

Fizzed out: Why a sugar tax won’t curb obesity, sets the record straight, and examines honestly whether taxes on food and drink, such as that introduced in Mexico, are likely to reduce consumption and affect obesity rates.

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Industry Code - Manufacturing and Marketing of Energy Shots

(June 2010) Energy shots are small volume liquid products marketed as dietary supplements. Energy shots contain caffeine, vitamins and other bio-active substances (which may include taurine, guarana, inositol, glucuronolactone etc). The main active ingredient is caffeine, which can have a stimulant effect.

All members of the New Zealand Beverage Council (NZBC) together with members of the our sister organisation, the Australian Beverages Council, that manufacture or distribute energy shot products, have made a voluntary undertaking to commit to a range of best practice standards over and above legislative requirements.

Download a copy of the Industry Code here:

Industry Code for the Manufacturing and Marketing of Energy Shots

ABCL Benzene in Beverages Report to FSANZ

The Australian Beverages Council Ltd (ABCL) prepared this report to communicate the findings of its 2009 annual benzene survey, investigating possible levels of benzene formed in some water and juice-based, non alcoholic beverages. Download a copy of the Australian Beverages Council Limited Report to Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Sept. 2009:

Reduction & Incidence of Benzene Formation in Water Based, Non Alcoholic Beverages

AFGC Sustainability Report

The environmental and social performance data reported in this report is based on a survey conducted by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) of its members? performance across the 2007-08 fi nancial reporting period. Thirty-fi ve member companies provided data for this report; these members have a combined annual turnover of more than $36 billion. The sustainability performance of these 35 members provides a representative sample of AFGC members and broadly indicates the performance of Australia?s food and grocery industry as a whole. Download a copy of the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) report here:


Guidelines for the Development of a Non-Alcoholic Beverage Industry Food Control Plan

The Technical Committee of the NZ Beverage Council has developed these "Guidelines for the Development of a Non-Alcoholic Beverage Industry Food Control Plan", based on HACCP principles, and with the objective of having them approved by MPI as standard criteria for the non-alcoholic beverage industry. These guidelines are based on a "Guide of Good Hygiene Practice for the Fruit Juice and Beverage Industry" developed by the Association of the Industry of Juices & Nectars from Fruits & Vegetables of the European Union (AIJN) and the Australian Bottled Water Institute Inc. (ABWI).

The guidelines are intended to assist in the development of business specific Food Control Plan for members of the New Zealand Beverage Council.

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Guidelines for the Development of a Non-Alcoholic Beverage Industry Food Control Plan Dec 2008

% Daily Intake Labelling - Implementation Guidelines

Daily Intake Labelling implementation guidelines

Nutrition Information Panel templates

NIP templates 0508

Prof. Ray Winger presentation for download

Vitamin C and Labelling - What you can say and What you cannot do by Prof Ray Winger, Chairman, NZBC Compliance Committee:

Vitamin C and Labelling

Vitamin C Addition Flowchart