Ministerial Council makes advancement in nationally consistent food regulation

The Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council have finalised a draft Intergovernmental Agreement that will assist Australian consumers and industry to understand food regulation in Australia.

Chaired by the Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mark Butler, members of the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council discussed the various components of the Agreement, which is designed to provide nationally consistent and useful information on food standards. It has been identified by industry and the public as a major issue of concern.

“It is important that all sections of the community understand our food standards and that as far as possible that the way we regulate food be nationally consistent,” Butler said.

“The Ministerial Council is developing this agreement at the request of the Council of Australian Government (COAG) which has identified the need for food regulation reform as a national priority.”


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