Australia New Zealand Food Authority Variations to the Food Standards Code (Amendment No. 43) 1. Preamble The variations set forth in the Schedule below are variations to the Food Standards Code (hereinafter called ``the code'') which was published by the National Health and Medical Research Council in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No. P 27, on 27 August 1987, and which has been varied from time to time. The Schedule contains variations adopted by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council in January and March 1999. These variations are published pursuant to section 32 of the Australia New Zealand Food Authority Act 1991. 2. Citation These variations may be collectively known as Amendment No. 43 to the code. 3. Commencement These variations commence on the date of publication of this Gazette with the exception of item 2. which will commence on 13 May 1999. Schedule 1. Standard A12 is varied by 1.1 omitting from paragraph (1) (d) and, in the case of a food in a dried, dehydrated or concentrated form, shall be calculated with respect to the mass of the food after dilution or reconstitution; and 1.2 omitting paragraph (1) (da) and substituting (da) unless otherwise specified, the concentration for a food which is dried, dehydrated or concentrated is to be calculated on the basis of the mass of the food, or the mass of the ingredients of the food, prior to drying, dehydration or concentration determined from one or more of the following (i) the manufacturer's analysis of the food; (ii) calculation from actual or average quantity of water in the ingredients used; (iii) generally accepted data; (db) the concentration for seaweed (edible kelp) whether dried, dehydrated, concentrated or not is to be calculated with respect to the mass of the seaweed at 85 percent hydration;. 2. Standard A18 is varied by inserting immediately after the table to clause 2 Exemption to general prohibition on sale 2A. (1) For the purposes of this clause (a) ``the Act'' means the Australia New Zealand Food Authority Act 1991; (b) ``the authority'' means the Australia New Zealand Food Authority established under the Act; (c) ``the council'' means the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council as defined by the Act. (2) The prohibition in clause 2 does not apply to a food produced using gene technology where (a) the food is the subject of an application under section 12 of the Act to vary the table to that clause; (b) the application has been accepted in accordance with section 13 of the Act by the authority on or before 30 April 1999; (c) the authority has evidence that the food, in one or more countries, other than Australia or New Zealand, is lawfully permitted as a food, by a national food regulatory agency; and (d) the council has not become aware of evidence that the food poses a significant risk to public health and safety. 3. Standard N1 is varied by inserting after clause (11) (12) (a) Longans may be treated with sulphur dioxide. (b) The edible aril of longans treated with sulphur dioxide as referred to in paragraph (a) must not contain more than 10 mg/kg of sulphur dioxide at the time of retail sale. (c) (i) Where longans have been treated as referred to in paragraph (a) are displayed for retail sale otherwise than in a package, the display of longans must be accompanied by a statement indicating the possible presence of sulphur dioxide on the longans. (ii) The label on or attached to a container of longans treated with sulphur dioxide, or a package containing longans which have previously been treated with sulphur dioxide in such a container, must include a statement indicating the possible presence of sulphur dioxide on the longans.