(Endorsed 12 December 2003)
On 12 December 2003 the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council) endorsed a nutrition, health and related claims policy guideline. The policy aims to ensure that the health and safety of the public is protected, whilst still allowing for food industry innovation and trade. It does this by incorporating a number of elements designed to ensure that claims made on foods or in advertising are true, scientifically substantiated and not misleading.
On 28 May 2004 Ministers further considered the issue of biomarker maintenance claims. The Ministerial Council determined that claims regarding the maintenance of a biomarker would be permitted on foods. They will be treated in the same way as biomarker enhancement claims. That is, manufacturers will be required to apply to FSANZ for approval of a biomarker maintenance claim, prior to releasing the product to market. This will ensure that claims are appropriately substantiated, and subject to public consultation, prior to their use. The attached policy guideline has been updated to reflect this decision.
Policy Guideline on Nutrition, Health and Related Claims (Word 171 KB)
Policy Guideline on Nutrition, Health and Related Claims (PDF 448 KB)