The use of these food additives is regulated by the Food Standards Code and enforced in Australia under State and Territory food laws.
The Australia New Zealand Food Authority is responsible for the development, or variation to, food standards in the Code. The final decision is made by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council (ANZFSC), made up of State, Territory, Commonwealth and New Zealand Health Ministers.
Before the Authority recommends to the ANZFSC the use of any new additive in a particular food, it asks:
|Is the additive safe to eat (at the requested level in that particular food)?|
|Are there good technological reasons for the use of the additive?|
|Will consumers be clearly informed about its presence?|
Food standards can be varied through a process which can start either by the receipt of an application, or through the preparation of a proposal. Manufacturers seeking to introduce a new food, make a food using a new process or use a new additive, should first check to see if the Food Standards Code already has suitable standards before seeking the development of a new standard(s) or variance to an existing one.
Sample application formats are available from the Standards Liaison Officer on (02) 6271 2258 or by writing to:
Standards Liaison Officer
P0 Box 7186
Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610
ANZFA provides a subscription service which supplies all papers relating to all proposed changes to the Food Standards Code for an annual fee of A$1 50 or NZ$1 75.
You can subscribe to the Food Standards Code and amendments on disk or in hard copy by contacting the Information Officer at ANZFA on (02) 6271 2241.
ANZFA produces a monthly newsletter, ANZFA News, also available by calling the Information Officer.