New statutory authority for Australia & New Zealand

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According to Senator Grant Tambling, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Australian Minister for Health, the Australian Federal Government
is delighted...

According to Senator Grant Tambling, Parliamentary Secretary to the Australian Minister for Health, the Australian Federal Government is delighted with the passage of a Bill that sets in place a solid foundation for the food regulation reforms that were agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments in November 2000. "The Federal government is implementing major reforms to strengthen and reform food safety in this country, which are based on an agreement between all States, Territories and the Commonwealth,"​ Senator Grant Tambling said, "and this legislation is a key part of these reforms."​ According to Senator Tambling, the legislation establishes a new statutory authority, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, to be based upon the existing Australia New Zealand Food Authority​. "The legislation strengthens the capacity of the Authority to develop standards based on scientific and technical criteria and to protect public health and safety."​ Senator Tambling said the next task for the Government in implementing the reforms was to renegotiate the Treaty between Australia and New Zealand. The new legislation will begin once the Treaty with New Zealand has been signed. Senator Tambling said that this system will provide for national consitency in the interpretation, administration and enforcement of food regulation and ensure that consumers have enough information to make informed choices. Source: ANZFA

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