NSW Container Deposit – Discussion Paper

The Australian Beverages Council, representing over 95% of the industry’s production volume through its membership, appreciates the opportunity to provide this submission response to the NSW Container Deposit Scheme Discussion Paper. New South Wales is the manufacturing hub for the non-alcoholic, non-dairy beverages industry. Locally, 17,333 people in the state derive full-time employment from the industry, and as a collective, the industry contributes over $2.7 billion to the State’s economy. As such, the issue of extended producer responsibility is close to the industry’s core.

The industry supports the Government’s target to reduce litter in the state by 40% by 2020, and recognises its role in helping achieve this goal through reducing beverage container litter. Indeed, the industry has a long history of working collaboratively with a broad range of governments and other stakeholders to reduce litter and increase recycling.

Australian Beverages Council -NSW CDS Discussion Paper Submission[1]

Code Revision


The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) was first published on 20 December 2000 and has been amended approximately 80 times since then.

A Proposal was sought by FSANZ as how to modernise the Code  and create an instrument that better meets the needs of a very board range of stakeholders in industry, commerce and enforcement. Two rounds of public consultation  will be conducted under this Proposal with a redrafting provided each round. The Australian Beverage Council submission (Sept  27) to this Proposal  is as contained here.


CodeRevision P1025



Caffeine in Foods


Following the Sept 3, 2013, release of the Food Regulation Policy Options Paper : The Regulation of Caffeine in Foods, public submissions were sought (prior Oct 18)  by the Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC)  Caffeine Working Group on the proposed options ..   The Options Paper along with community feedback will be provided to the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation to assist it in formulating policy guidelines in relation to the regulation of caffeine in the Australian and New Zealand food supplies.

The Australian Beverage Council’s submission is detailed here.


Australian Beverages Council Submission – Caffeine in Foods



ICBA – Draft Guideline: Sugars intake for adults and children


On behalf of its members, ICBA welcomes the opportunity to comment on WHO’s Draft Guidelines.

ICBA recognizes that overweight and obesity are complex, global health problems and it is critical that all stakeholders in society, including the non-alcoholic beverage industry, engage in cross-sector dialogue to develop holistic and sustainable solutions. To that end, the global nonalcoholic beverage industry is working with government, industry, the healthcare community, and consumers to be part of the solution. This includes support for physical activity and nutrition programs, as well as research and partnerships that advance nutrition science, all with the goal of educating and promoting healthy, balanced, and active lifestyles. ICBA actions are firmly grounded in evidence-based science. Likewise, we recognize the seriousness of dental caries and support the development of holistic and sustainable solutions to this issue.





FSANZ Consultation Paper on Completing the Review of Microbiological Criteria


FSANZ started reviewing microbiological limits in 2011. The initial work focussed on the review of microbiological limits for Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods. FSANZ is now starting a broader review of Standard 1.6.1 that will consider the role and purpose of microbiological criteria. FSANZ is calling for submissions on the attached consultation paper to help progress the review.

The Australian Beverages Council has made a submission in February 2015.


Food Standards submission Microbiological Criteria Review



Labelling review recommendation 17


FSANZ has been asked to assess and provide advice on recommendation 17 from the independent review of labelling.
The recommendation is: that the declaration in the nutrition information panel (NIP) of amount of nutrients per serving be no longer mandatory unless a daily intake claim is made.
Manufacturers are currently required to provide nutrient information in the NIP as both ‘per serving’ amounts and per 100 grams or 100 mls. The recommendation proposes that the only requirement should be to provide the amount per 100 grams or 100 mls, while still permitting manufacturers to provide ‘per serving’ information voluntarily.

To read the Beverage’s Council submission please click on the following link


Food Standards ABCL submission Labelling Review Recommendation 17



P1034 – Chemical Migration from Packaging into Food 

The purpose of this Proposal is to assess the public health and safety risk of chemicals which may migrate from packaging materials into food, and to identify and manage any risks.

The Australian Beverages Council has made a submission

Food Standards submission Proposal P1034


P1030 – Health Claims – Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods & Electrolyte Drinks

The purpose of this Proposal is to permit sports foods to carry health claims about physical performance and sport-related beneficial physiological effects and to enable electrolyte drinks to make self-substantiated health claims beyond current limited permissions.

The Australian Beverages Council has made a submission

Food Standards submission Proposal P1030


P1025 – Code Revision

The purpose of the proposal is to revise the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to improve legal efficacy and for related purposes.

The amendments arising from this Proposal were gazetted on 10 April 2015 (Amendment No. 154). Please note that these amendments take effect on 1 March 2016.  The new Standards and Schedules can be accessed on ComLaw via the FSANZ website.

To read the Beverage’s Council submission please click on the below links

Code Revision Australian Beverages Council 200913


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