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Chinese medicinal mushrooms - FSANZ ban?

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Noticed this in today's email from a retailer of medicinal mushrooms (Chinese medicinal varieties). 


It’s with a heavy heart that we have had to stop selling our certified organic medicinal mushroom powders effective immediately from our website.
Recently the Food Standards Australia And New Zealand (FSANZ) have classified medicinal mushrooms as ‘novel foods’, which is defined as ‘a type of food that does not have a significant history of consumption.’
We pride ourselves on providing our community with premium functional wholefoods, and we stand by our mushrooms as being safe and effective nutritional powders as used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
While this is frustrating, we have to accept and respect FSANZ’s decision as ultimately they are working to ensure the safety of all new food products, but we expect it will take at least a couple of years until the legislation is changed.


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The retailer is continuing to sell a product containing  Reishi, Cordyceps and Maitake mushrooms. So these must be permitted. I don't know what other mushroom products they sold, prior to the changes. 


UPDATE: The retailer replied: "The food regulators have said that medicinal mushrooms can be approved by the TGA, but they need to go through a testing and approval process first. We, along with many other companies selling mushrooms here, will be pursuing the process to have our mushrooms approved for sale, but unfortunately it is a lengthy process." They also provided the following link to the review of nutritive substances and novel foods:  https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/novel/Pages/default.aspx

Edited by fyzygy

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