We're developing a database of the nutrient content of branded foods and beverages sold in Australia.
The database will provide a central source of brand specific information including nutrient content to help people make informed decisions about the foods and beverages they buy. It will also help inform our standards development work and public health and nutrition initiatives such as the Healthy Food Partnership Reformulation Program and the Health Star Rating System.
Over time, the database could link with other datasets to provide a more comprehensive picture of food and nutrient consumption patterns in the Australian population.
We have partnered with GS1 Australia to work directly with food manufacturers and retailers to collect branded food data. Working collaboratively with industry will help ensure the database captures a wide range of foods and product information, including season-specific products.
The goal is to have information on 85 per cent of all packaged food and beverage products available on the shelves of national retailers in the database by 2023.
Data collected will include a range of on-pack information including Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), manufacturer, brand and food name, nutrition information panel, listed ingredients, pack and serve size and health star rating (HSR), if displayed. Where relevant, we will also collect off-pack information relating to HSR including HSR category and a product's dietary fibre and fruit, vegetable, nut and legume (FVNL) content.
Existing GS1 Australia registered members can provide data to FSANZ via the National Product Catalogue (NPC) from January 2022, while all other manufacturers and retailers will be able to submit data via a FSANZ online portal, expected to be operational by mid-2022.
Targeted data collection may be undertaken where initial data coverage is low, or to fill gaps identified in the dataset.
Other data collection methods may be considered with time.
Accuracy of data collected
All data provided to us will be checked against pre-defined rules as part of the data collection and exchange process with GS1 Australia. Data cannot be incorporated into the branded food database until these rules have been met.
Targeted in-store audits also will be undertaken to ensure the accuracy and currency of the data collected.
It is important to note that the data we collect as part of the work is to inform public health initiatives and not for compliance or enforcement purposes.
Development of the database
Initial development of the database for storing and reporting branded food data is expected to be completed mid-2022.
An overview of database components is provided below.
Publication of data
Branded food data will be published on our website with the permission of data providers late 2022. The data will most likely be published in conjunction with FSANZ existing published datasets, such the Australian Food Composition Database, as a web based searchable database and as downloadable files. Data will be updated regularly.