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Australia and NZ: Food labelling law and policy to be reviewed

Ministers responsible for food issues in Australia and New Zealand have agreed to set up a panel to undertake a comprehensive review of food labelling law and policy.  Former Australian Health Minister, Dr Neal Blewett, will head this panel.

Some of the issues they will look at are health food claims, nutritional labelling of restaurant meals and the over-consumption of saturated fats.

The Terms of Reference of the review were released on Friday and individuals and organisations can make submissions to the review by 20 November 2009.

The  Ministers also endorsed a Ministerial Council policy statement which outlines its views on food labelling.  The statement will be provided to the Review Panel for consideration and at the same time it will be provided to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to inform their input into the Food Labelling Review and any subsequent actions that might result from the Review.

Read more: Epoch Times, 22 Oct 2009

Read more about the review and the terms of reference: Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council Final Communique, 23 Oct 2009

Read more: Food week, 23 Oct 2009

Published on October 23, 2009 in Australian news