Food Standards ANZ
We are a bi-national Government agency. We develop and administer the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, which lists requirements for foods such as additives, food safety, labelling and GM foods.
Enforcement and interpretation of the Code is the responsibility of state and territory departments and food agencies within Australia and New Zealand. Food standards apply to all foods produced or imported for sale in Australia and New Zealand.
In Australia, food standards cover the whole supply chain – from paddock to plate – for both the food manufacturing industry and primary producers. FSANZ’s primary role is to develop and amend Australian and New Zealand food standards within the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the code).
The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code is administered by FSANZ and lists requirements for food sold in Australia and New Zealand. The code is given legal force through Commonwealth, state and territory and New Zealand food legislation and covers:
1. General food standards (including labelling and genetically modified food),
2. Specific food product standards, and
3. Australian food safety standards.
The Australian states and territories, and the New Zealand Government, are responsible for enforcing the code.