Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) is an independent agency established by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 and is overseen by an Australian Government Minister managing the Health Portfolio.
A company producing and supplying food to Australian consumers is obliged to adhere to the Food Standards to produce food that is safe and suitable to eat. A food business is any business or activity that involves the production and handling of any type of food for sale, or the sale of food in Australia.
FSANZ has developed a set of food standards to make sure that all ingredients used are safe for humans to consume in a regulated amount. This includes the additions of food colours, flavours, and preservatives, processing aids such as emulsifiers and anti-caking agents and antioxidants.
The addition of vitamins and minerals is also tightly regulated to ensure that companies are being responsible and the addition has a purpose other than to just sell their product; for example the mineral calcium is added to soy based milk drinks for those who are allergic to cow’s milk, whereas calcium cannot be added to soft drink to increase its nutritional content and consequently its sale.
Food standards also outline labelling requirements for packaged and non-packaged foods which includes specific mandatory warnings on labels such as ‘excess use of this product may have a laxative effect’ or regulating health claims on the labels such as low fat, lower in fat or fat free.
FSANZ is also responsible for setting food safety standards for companies to reduce the risk and lower the incidence of food – borne illness. These standards also set out health and hygiene obligations for anyone handling food for human consumption.
Farmers Beta A2 are producing Australian products that are highly regulated by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). This means all their products reach and were possible exceed these standards, a fact that they are very proud of.