How are food products regulated in Australia?

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is responsible for setting food Standards in Australia and New Zealand and is part of the Australian Government Health and Ageing portfolio.

FSANZ works to:

  • Protect public health and safety
  • Provide information to enable consumers to make informed food choices
  • Prevent misleading or deceptive conduct.

The Food Standards Code regulates the safety of food sold in Australia and New Zealand.

The Food Standards Code specifically regulates:

  • The type and amount of information on food labels
  • The composition of food
  • Food safety.

Implementation and enforcement of food standards is the responsibility of local and state governments.

An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) is food and nutrition professional who can help people understand the food supply, food regulation and the food choices they make.