What's in our food?

MPI is focused on ensuring that food is safe and the health and wellbeing of consumers is protected. Learn about food labelling, how to avoid getting sick from bacteria and viruses in food, and what we do to monitor and advise people about chemicals and food.


While many foods naturally contain the vitamins and minerals we need to stay healthy, manufacturers may also add nutrients to products to increase the health benefits. The government can also recommend or require that manufacturers fortify products with specific nutrients like folate or iodine. Learn about some nutrients found in foods.

Food contaminated with harmful bacteria and viruses can cause stomach upset, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, or worse. Learn about foodborne illnesses and how to avoid them.

Chemicals from natural and synthetic sources can be found in foods, and some have the potential to affect our health. Learn about some of these chemicals, how they get into food, and how to limit your exposure.

Food additives are added to processed foods to extend their shelf life or improve their look or taste. Find out what types of additives are in the foods you eat, and how the use of these additives is controlled.

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