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Appendix 8 - External FSANZ committees

FSANZ committees and groups with external members

FSANZ could not operate effectively without assistance and advice from committees and groups whose members have been selected for their skills and knowledge. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the committee and group members during 2016–2017.

Committees and groups

Advisory Committee on Novel Foods

Purpose: to consider and provide recommendations to FSANZ on whether particular foods are likely to meet the definition of novel food in Standard 1.5.1.

Allergen Collaboration

Purpose: to strengthen engagement and collaboration amongst a range of key stakeholders to enhance the effectiveness of risk management of food allergens, with the objective of supporting consumers to make safer food choices.

Consumer and Public Health Dialogue

Purpose: to provide a forum for FSANZ to consult in-depth with peak consumer and public health bodies and key academics to improve our understanding of community food safety and public health issues and provide a more effective food regulatory response.

Expert Advisory Group on New Breeding Techniques

Purpose: to assist FSANZ with a review of Standard 1.5.2 – Food produced using gene technology and any other NBT issues falling outside of the scope of the review.

Food Incident Forum

Purpose: For government and industry to share information and collaborate on potential food safety issues to determine if they are food safety issues and how prepared Australia is should they eventuate and actual food safety incidents, including the response and recovery.

Health Claims Scientific Advisory Group

Purpose: to provide advice on the quality of evidence relating to food-health relationships for assessing health claims.

Jurisdictional Advisory Group on P1042

Purpose: to provide advice in relation to relevant matters identified by FSANZ in P1042 – Low THC Hemp Seeds as Food.

Jurisdictional Technical Forum

Purpose: to provide an additional means for jurisdictions to participate in the FSANZ standard-setting process and engage in informed discussion around specific issues related to standards development.

Novel Food Standard Development Advisory Group

Purpose: to provide advice and information to FSANZ on matters relating to Proposal P1024 – Revision of the Regulation of Nutritive Substances and Novel Foods.

Packaging Advisory Group

Purpose: to provide advice and information on chemicals used in packaging and chemical migration from packaging into food, quality assurance and quality control systems, sourcing and use of packaging materials in the food sector and consumer concerns.

Retailers and Manufacturers Liaison Committee

Purpose: to provide an opportunity to maintain ongoing dialogue between FSANZ and industry through informed discussion on standards development and food safety emergencies.

Scientific Nanotechnology Advisory Committee

Purpose: to provide advice and information to FSANZ on matters relating to nanotechnology and food safety.

Social Sciences and Economics Advisory Group

Purpose: to provide expert social sciences and economics advice to FSANZ to assist FSANZ in developing and reviewing the social sciences and economics evidence base underpinning its decisions.

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