Industry Rejects Concerns Over Imported Juice 

Fruit Juice Australia (FJA), representing over 90% of the nation’s juice production volume, has today rejected safety concerns over imported juice.

“Australian juice must meet extremely high standards for safety as set by the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand’s (FSANZ) Food Code. The Code sets maximum residue limits for certain chemicals used in food production, and no Australian juice whether produced from 100% local fruit or a blend of local and imported produce can exceed these limits. FSANZ makes sure that potential chemical residues in food (or beverages) are within levels that are known to be safe for people to eat. No Australian juice comes even close to these limits and trace amounts of different residues can be found in most everyday foods” said the FJA CEO, Mr Geoff Parker.

“Australian juice producers must also meet stringent labelling laws as policed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and all labels must clearly state whether the product is sourced from local ingredients or a blend of local and imported.

“Australian juice companies would always prefer to use 100% local produce. It’s great quality and locally sourced fruit means it’s cheaper to get to the processing plant. The problem the industry faces is that the orange crop, for example, that can be used for juice has a shortfall of approximately 200,000 tonnes between what is available and what is needed. This shortfall can be further compounded by seasonal variability. To ensure shoppers have a year-round supply of great quality juice, other alternatives need to be considered. This could be to use imported product or rely on cold-stored juice from previous domestic crops to blend with fresh juice” Mr Parker said.

For media enquiries contact: Geoff Parker, CEO FJA
+61 407 646 195
www.fruitjuiceaustralia.org

29 May 2013

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