A Senate Inquiry has been told that Australia imports 70 per cent of its seafood, which could be grown locally if an international shipping service is reinstated.
The future of Australia’s food industry, including possible regulatory reforms, will be on the agenda of the Federal Government’s Business Advisory Forum today.
A proposed abattoir in Darwin which would crate almost 300 jobs has been backed by Australia’s largest cattle company and the Australian Greens party.
It’s certainly not all doom and gloom in Australia’s food industry, with a government report showing a 17 per cent increase in total value in 2010/11 compared to the previous period.
It’s been a horror 24 hours for animal transporters, with a driver and dozens of cattle dead following a crash in country New South Wales and pig carcasses spread across a Sydney highway causing traffic delays in two separate incidents.
The food safety regulator is considering a proposed amendment to the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code, which could see “exotic meats” sold in Australian supermarkets within a year.