New Zealand reacts to Australia food legislation changes

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A row is brewing between Australia and New Zealand following a move
by the Australian parliament to change the way food safety
standards are set for both...

A row is brewing between Australia and New Zealand following a move by the Australian parliament to change the way food safety standards are set for both countries, OneNews reports this week. New Zealand has lodged a formal objection with the Howard government over the attempt to impose changes. Safety standards governing genetically modified food, labelling and contents are set by the Australia New Zealand Food Authority. Decisions rest with a council of health ministers from the state, federal and New Zealand governments. Last week the Australian senate amended the legislation to give Australia the power to overrule council decisions, effectively denying New Zealand's sovereignty, the article continued. Health Minister Annette King says that is unacceptable. King says she is confident the legislation will be stopped because it is in neither country's interest to abandon a treaty that harmonises food safety standards. A Green Party senator in Australia, Bob Brown, said the legislation is the result of pressure from big business representatives. Source: OneNews.com

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