The Agency for Health and Food Safety GmbH (AGES) is a company of the Republic of Austria. Owner representatives are the Federal Ministry of Health and Women (BMGF) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW). The AGES has been in existence since 1 June 2002 and supports the management of the Federal Ministries in matters of public health, animal health, food safety, drug safety, food security and consumer protection along the food chain professionally and independently with scientific expertise.
The protection of the health of humans, animals and plants as well as the safety and quality of food and the protection of consumers against deception are at the centre of its tasks. To ensure this, the AGES analyses, monitors, evaluates, researches and communicates.