FSANZ to Develop Branded Food Database

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is developing an Australian Branded Food database in conjunction with GS1, a non-profit organization that develops and maintains global standards for business communication.  Perhaps the best known GS1 standard is the bar code which is accepted globally.  While the database is intended to provide consumers with a single source of brand specific information including nutrient content to help them make informed decisions about the foods and beverages they buy, the data will also be used in the development of standards and policies relating to a various partnership programs. These programs include the Healthy Food Partnership Reformulation Program and the Health Star Rating System. The objective is to capture and maintain information on 85 per cent of all packaged food and beverage products available on the shelves of national retailers in the database by 2023.

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Posted on 17 November 2021