Catalyst director appointed to FSANZ board

Congratulations to Catalyst director Jane Lancaster, who has been appointed to the board of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

FSANZ is an independent statutory agency established by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act). FSANZ is part of the Australian Government's Health portfolio and is 25 years old this year.

The ultimate goal of FSANZ is to ensure Australia and New Zealand have a safe food supply and well-informed consumers.

FSANZ regulates the use in food of ingredients, processing aids, colourings, additives, vitamins and minerals and presence of various types of contaminants as well as the regulations for labelling, including nutrition and health claims.

The Board is also responsible for the assessment of Applications and Proposals to make or vary food standards and the subsequent approval and notification of standards or variations to the Ministerial Council.

The work programme is diverse - review of regulations surrounding infant formula, country of origin labelling requirements, antimicrobial resistance in food.

The FSANZ has a staff of about 100, based in both Wellington and Canberra.

Jane was supported by Horticulture New Zealand and was appointed by government to the board.

She is looking forward to the role and the opportunity to contribute, at a high level in both New Zealand and Australia, to ensure we maintain a very good food system.

Juggling the sometimes competing issues of maintaining public health and consumer choice, while maintaining a vibrant and innovative industry, can be a challenge.

“There are a lot of issues around food and its regulation and we get some complex questions about how to handle things, so it’s very interesting,” she says.

You can read more about FSANZ here and here.

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