Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is inviting opinions on applications from industry to change the definition of 'wine-based beverage'.

The proposed changes to the Food Standards Code regulation also allows the use of an enzyme derived from a genetically modified source.

The Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA) is concerned that the current definition of 'wine product' can be misleading to consumers when used in combination with labelling the country of origin. The Federation is proposing that FSANZ amend the Food Standards Code to define the term 'wine based beverage', to declare 'wine based beverage' as a prescribed name for all products not meeting the definition of wine and to delete the definition for 'wine product'.

FSANZ has also announced their new chair for the coming four years - a former Commonwealth Ombudsman, Philippa Smith.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Jan McLucas, reported today (8 July) that Smith would be taking over the position vacated by Rob Knowles.