Call for data on ingredients used in today’s sports foods

Call for data on ingredients used in today’s sports foods

Are you interested in sports foods (and drinks), manufacturer, or research these products and ingredients?

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) recognises that there has been huge growth and change in the global sports foods market since the Standard for Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods came into effect (back in 2000-2!).

Sports foods are now more widely used, found in a greater number of retail outlets both online and in bricks & mortar shops, gyms, etc. These products may also make a range of nutrient content and health claims (which may or may not be compliant with the current Food Standards Code requirements).

To this end, FSANZ is seeking your input into what should and should not be present in modern sports foods and drinks. This is your opportunity to shape the future of sports food regulation in Australia and New Zealand! This data call was also expected after the recent changes to sports supplement regulation in Australia.  

Stakeholder submissions can be published, unpublished, and/or confidential. FSANZ is specifically looking for technical, toxicological, and nutrition information related to substances stakeholders feel should or should not be present in sports foods and drinks.

There are a few eligibility requirements for stakeholder submissions including that they should:

  • be based on scientific research (published or unpublished)
  • be provided as a full-text document in English
  • report on one or more outcomes relevant for human health and/or sports performance, at different levels of intake (animal & human studies will be accepted)
  • provide technical information supporting the characterisation of the commercial preparations of contemporary substances (i.e. specifications, stability data, validated analytical methods).
  • not be in relation to electrolyte drinks (these products were examined separately in an earlier proposal).

FSANZ is also looking for consumer market data such as demographics, patterns of use and consumption, attitudes and preferences).

Submissions are due by 6 pm (Canberra Time) on Thursday, 9 September 2021.

Further information about the call for data, submission requirements, and lodgement instructions can be found on the FSANZ Call for data on substances used in contemporary sports foods webpage.

Contact Michelle at Food Envy Labelling if you would like to know more about nutrient content and health claims for your food and drink products. I am happy to discuss the opportunities with you!

Stay well,