Food Standards Australia New Zealand reports an enhanced consumer interest in the nutritional value of food, which it attributes to the media publicity surrounding the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, which was implemented two months ago. The agency hopes the momentum and awareness is maintained and translates into healthier diets and a curb to obesity and diabetes.
Another relevant issue noted in the December FSANZ Fellows Symposium was the growing trend of manufacturers to add non-culinary herbs and other complimentary medicines to foods.
FSANZ also announced that Mr Graham Peachey has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Food Standards Australia New Zealand, succeeding Mr Ian Lindenmayer. Mr. Peachey moves from his position as Executive Head of the Trans-Tasman Group of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, where he had responsibility for the planning and negotiation of arrangements with New Zealand government authorities to harmonise the regulatory systems for therapeutic goods for the two countries.
The recent agency sessions also featured discussions addressing the connection between diet and health, identifying the information needed to understand the nutritional status and consumption patterns of the community, including discontinuities in information currently available in Australia and New Zealand and the evidence required for regulatory decisions.