New science strategy from FSANZ upholds safety in food processing

By James Knowles

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Related tags: Food, Food standards australia new zealand, Fsanz

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has unveiled its new
'Science Strategy' 2006 to maintain safety standards in the food
supply for food processors.

The food watchdog aims to increase collaboration with the New Zealand Food Safety Authority on scientific programmes, strengthen ties with the wider technical community and enhancing public health nutrition.

"This level of safety owes its effectiveness to the transparency, inclusiveness and objectivity of the food regulatory system and the willingness of stakeholders to accept the scientific evidence underpinning regulatory measures,"​ said Dr Marion Healy Chief Scientist at FSANZ speaking in Canberra last week.

FSANZ claim that the Australian New Zealand food supply is among the safest and the world and the Science Strategy 2006-09 is an attempt to maintain safety standards in food and food processing.

"We are now witnessing rapid changes in the food supply - changes in the nature of food and consumer expectations about what they want from food,"​ said Dr Healy.

"We are also experiencing a greater government interest in using food to achieve public health outcomes through programms such as mandatory fortification,"​ said Dr Healy.

FSANZ is an independent government agency with bi-national responsibilities in developing food standards for the handling, composition and labelling of food in Australia and New Zealand.

The report can be found on the FSANZ website http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/

Related topics: Policy, Food safety, Oceania

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