ANZFA Food Additives Survey, December 2001 -->
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
B1 Purpose of survey
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
Note. Refers to the underlying information requirements that the survey is intended to address. For example, what problems the agency is trying to solve? What decisions need to be made? What specific policies or actions are being determined or assessed? Should detail who requires the information. Survey objectives should be included in "B2" below.
This survey of business is required to allow accurate and up to date information to be gathered on quantities of specific sweeteners present in their products. This information will then be used to:
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- assess consumption patterns of intense sweeteners in the Australian population, using the National Food Authority 1994/95 sweetener survey (NFA 1995) as baseline data;
- extend the study to gather baseline data on current consumption patters within the New Zealand population; and
- form part of a wider ANZFA evaluation strategy to assess the impact of implementing new food standards on key stakeholders.
How will the survey outputs meet the needs specified in B1? (B2)
Note. Should include a brief overview of the main topics the survey will cover. If applicable, provides details of any constraints including: fixed costs, fixed sample size, fixed accuracy (eg target RSEs, Confidence Intervals), etc.
A new Food Standards Cod was introduced in November 2000 under which permissions for use of intense sweeteners were amended. In addition, since the 1994/95 survey was conducted, a number of new intense sweeteners have been approved for use in foods and beverages.
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The survey asks manufacturers to provide quantitative information about the level of intense and bulk sweeteners in their products. This quantitative information will be used in conjunction with a separate survey of food consumption in a sample of Australian and New Zealand population to estimate overall exposure of the population to these sweeteners.
The overall objectives of the industry and subsequent consumer survey are:
- to evaluate dietary exposure to the eight intense sweeteners permitted for use in Standard 1.3.1 of Volume 2 of the Food Standards Code against their respective reference health standards (Acceptable Daily Intakes or ADIs);
- to identify population sub-groups whose members appear to be at higher risk than others of exceeding ADIs;
- to provide comparative information for the Australian population and baseline information for the New Zealand population of present consumption patterns of foods containing intense sweeteners and consequent dietary exposure for the purposes of future decision making and assessment of current safety provisions.
What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Note. Should include: testing, the date questionnaires are printed or finalised, the date data collection commences, the date data collection finishes, and when results will be available. SCH approval for the survey is to be obtained before data collection commences.
The survey commenced in December 2001 adn is expected to be completed by the end of March 2002.
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