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Consumer and Public Health Dialogue

The FSANZ Consumer and Public Health Dialogue (CPHD) provides a means by which FSANZ can engage in deeper and more meaningful consultation with peak consumer and public health bodies and academics. The objective is to improve FSANZ’s awareness and understanding of community food and health issues; and public priorities, and through this communication, provide a more effective food regulatory response.

Read the full terms of reference for the CPHD ​(pdf 148kb)


The CPHD has 14 members including 3 observers. Note: Members are listed alphabetically after the Chairperson.

Mr Mark Booth – FSANZ CEO (Chair)

Ms Annette Byron – Dietitians Association of Australia

Dr Eva Bennet – Chair, Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation (Observer)

Professor John Coveney – Flinders University

Belinda Castles ​– Consumer New Zealand 

Ms Linda Przhedetsky – CHOICE​

Ms Julia Edmonds – Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand (Observer)

Mr Ian Jarratt – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

Dr Lisa Te Morenga Ngāti Whatua, Te Rārawa, Ngā Puhi – Maori Representative, Victoria University

Ms Alison Pask – Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa,​ New Zealand

Dr Rosemary Stanton – Public Health Association of Australia

Professor Linda Tapsell – University of Wollongong

Ms Nicole Turner – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Representative, Indigenous Allied Health Australia

Ms Wendy Watson – Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance​


Dr Eva Bennet – Chair, Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation

Ms Julia Edmonds – Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand

Ms Christel Leemhuis – Commonwealth Department of Health


Focus and priorities

Priority issues
Desired Outcome

1. Broaden FSANZ's understanding of current and emerging consumer and public health issues related to food

a. Input into CPHD meeting agenda to raise relevant public health and consumer issues


  • FSANZ provides a more effective regulatory response to food safety and public health nutrition issues









  • Increase effectiveness of FSANZ  engagement and consultation with consumers and the public health sector





  • Improve consumer and public health stakeholder understanding and trust in FSANZ and its processes

b. Raise domestic and international issues relevant to food policy development and risk analysis framework, consistent with public health nutrition and consumer evidence-base

Food/dietary patterns vs nutrients;

obesity prevention; healthy and equitable diets; food;

foods as natural medicine; environmental sustainability and country of origin;

New technologies (smart packaging, block chain)



Promote CPHD discussion paper on regulatory challenges

Following Board consideration Sept. 2019

2. Inform FSANZ standards development and communication activities through engaging with peak consumer and public health bodies in a timely manner

a. Actively consult throughout organisation and broader networks prior to meetings

Case Study:    

1. investigate the feasibility of developing a metric for food quality/integrity

2. Review FSANZ’s RA framework + role of DGs for a fictitious application.

Preparatory work (literature review) to start 3nd quarter 2019.

​b. Provide response to specific queries raised by FSANZ staff during, and between, meetings


3. Contribute consumer and public health perspectives on issues and challenges related to FSANZ’s role and responsibility, and the priorities for the food regulatory system

a. Share qualitative and quantitative research evidence on priority and emerging issues to inform implementation of policy decisions

Nutrient Profile Scoring Calculator

Food labelling including:

  • added sugars

  • fats and oils

  • nutrition, content & health claims

  • allergen labelling

  • alcoholic beverages (kJ/100m, kJ/std drink/ % alcohol);

Outstanding items from Labelling review

Labelling for internet sales

Nutrient reference values

Food fraud and safety issues

Interface between food and medicines


 Completed work

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