Fiona Nash has been censured by parliament for misleading the senate and failing to produce documents that allegedly proved she had adequate provisions in place that addressed her chief of staff’s co-ownership in a junk food lobby.
Peak lobby group, the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has welcomed the release of the Victorian Government’s Food to Asia Action Plan.
Dr Steve Hambleton, president of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has accused the Australian food industry of ‘undermining’ the Health Star Rating System.
According to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), agricultural exports to China have doubled in five years to represent $7.3b in 2013.
Cadbury is fighting attempts by rival confectioner, Nestle, to trademark the shape of its popular chocolate snack, Kit Kat.
The South Australian government has announced that it will invest $6m to boost food, wine and fibre production under the agribusiness accelerator program should it get re-elected this month.
The ACT Government has passed legislation that bans sow stalls, battery cages and the de-beaking of chickens throughout the territory.
Entrepreneur and advocate for Australia’s food manufacturing industry, Dick Smith, has lost the name rights to his OzEmite spread, with Intellectual Property Australia ruling the product is to be pulled from retailers’ shelves.
The Australian Food and Grocery Council has said that it contacted assistant health minister, Fiona Nash’s office on the day that the health star rating website was taken offline.
Food labelling requirements aren’t a manifestation of the nanny state, they’re there to provide accurate, easy-to-understand information.
The federal government has axed the $1.5 million Community Food Grants program, which would have seen funds invested in projects including farmers markets, food co-operatives, community gardens and city farms.
Industry minister Ian Macfarlane has announced that the federal government plans to increase penalties against processors of illegally dumped imported tomatoes, as well as introduce legislation that will reverse the onus of proof on foreign suppliers.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition by Amcor Ltd of competitor, Detmold Group’s Australian flexible packaging operation.
Union officials are alleging that the Abbott government had pushed for SPC Ardmona to cut workers’ pay by up to 40 percent in exchange for an assistance package.
Furore over links between Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash’s office and industry continues with revelations that her former chief of staff is connected to the alcohol, as well as the food industry.
In denying federal assistance to SPC Ardmona, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he wants to signal the end of the corporate “free ride”. But he should bear in mind that the consequences of leaving Australian food manufacturing by the roadside are far greater than any short-term economic agenda.
The Australian Food and Grocery Council has announced its support of a $100 million co-investment from Coca-Cola Amatil and the Victorian government to SPC Ardmona, but says the investment needs to be followed by regulatory reform.
Coca-Cola Amatil and the Victorian government have announced a new $100 million investment plan to assist fruit processor SPC Ardmona and the Goulburn Valley.
Assistant health minister Fiona Nash confirmed on Tuesday night that her chief of staff, Alastair Furnival – who aided in pulling down the Health Star Rating website – has shares in his wife’s lobbying company, Australian Public Affairs (APA), which represents snack food giant Mondelez.
Peak industry body for vegetable growers, Ausveg, is calling upon the Federal Government to invest tariffs collected from ‘illegally dumped’ Italian tomatoes into affected local industry.