The Food Advisory Consumer Service, FACS, is South Africa’s first independent food and nutrition consumer service. It was launched on 16 January 1995.
Its purpose is to provide consumers with information on food and nutrition issues which is both relevant and scientifically correct.
FACS operates a telephone service from an office in Pretoria. The service is supported by a network of technical experts in food, nutrition and related subjects.
FACS is run by a committee representing SAAFoST (The South African Association for Food Science and Technology) the South African National Consumer Union (SANCU), the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA), the Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA) the Directorate of Food Control of the Department of Health and professional representatives of other consumer-friendly organisations.
FACS has access to information from similar bodies overseas. However, it is committed to offering a comprehensive service in line with South Africa’s unique situation.
FACS has good contact with the media and is a member of the Food Legislation Advisory Group (FLAG) of the Department of Health, the body concerned with food legislation in South Africa.
To provide consumers and other interested parties with information on food and nutrition issues which is both relevant and scientifically correct.