The Food Advisory Consumer Service (FACS) was established in 1993 after the need for such an independent service was identified at a meeting of various role players to provide the consumer and the media with correct and relevant information, based on scientific research, on a variety of food and nutrition issues. This was prompted by the fact that the consumer is often supplied with confusing myths and sensational misinformation about food and diets resulting in bad eating habits which in the long run could be detrimental to their health. Information is sourced from local and overseas food and nutrition professionals and peer-reviewed scientific publications. The FACS website has also links to numerous scientific websites. FACS is run on a voluntary basis and administered and funded by the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) – a nonprofit, scientific organization for food professionals in South Africa.
FACS is steered by a committee representing the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST), the South African National Consumer Union (SANCU), the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA), the Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA) and the Department of Health, Directorate Food Control.