Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

Current Consultations (as of  19  July 2019)
Alpha-glucosidase from Trichoderma reesei as a PA (enzyme) 
30 July 2019


Information on FSANZ food regulation consultations can be found on the FSANZ website

FSANZ Work Plan

The current FSANZ Work Plan (as of 27 June 2019) can be found on the FSANZ website.

Review of Australia’s food safety management standards

On May 3, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) released an information paper on its proposed approach to a review of food safety standards in the Food Standards Code. 

FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said FSANZ is reviewing chapters 3 and 4 of the Food Standards Code to ensure there is a consistent and up-to-date approach to food safety management in Australia.

The review will focus on:
- the requirements for food safety management in the food service sector and closely related retail sectors, and  
- potential development of a primary production and processing standard for high-risk horticulture products to introduce requirements to manage food safety on-farm, including requirements for traceability.
In addition, FSANZ will consider new technologies that have developed since the original standards were developed.
The AIFST made a submission to FSANZ on this consultation. The submission is available HERE.

Australian Total Diet Study demonstrates the safety of the food supply

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the results of the 25th Australian Total Diet Study (ATDS), released on 1 July, again demonstrate the safety of the Australian food supply.
Mr Booth said 88 foods were tested for 226 agricultural and veterinary chemicals and four metals: arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury.
“The levels of agricultural and veterinary chemicals were generally very low, with a majority of samples having no detectable residues," Mr Booth said.
“Estimated dietary exposures for all but one chemical were below the relevant acceptable daily intakes (ADIs), indicating no public health and safety concerns," Mr Booth said.
“Estimated dietary exposure to the insecticide prothiofos exceeded the ADI for some population age groups. FSANZ informed the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) which subsequently worked with industry who voluntarily changed the way prothiofos is used to ensure that risks for Australian consumers are acceptably low.
“For metal contaminants, all detections were below the maximum levels set in the Food Standards Code and consistent with international levels.
“Estimated dietary exposure to methylmercury (through the consumption of fish) exceeded the provisional tolerable weekly intake (PTWI) for children aged 2 to 5 years. The risks in this case are balanced by the known benefits of fish consumption. FSANZ has published consumer advice to manage dietary exposure to mercury while highlighting the health benefits."

Recalls and complaints: new videos on the FSANZ YouTube channel

FSANZ have two new videos available on their YouTube Channel. Check out the video about recalls for food businesses, and the video about how to make a food complaints.



Department of Agriculture and Water Resources – Failing Food Reports

Failing food reports identify foods that have failed analytical testing or do not meet the compositional requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
The most recent Failing Foods Reports up to May 2019 can be accessed here.