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Food regulation stakeholder consultation forum 18 June 2010Geoffrey Annison, PhD.Deputy Chief Executive

business regulatory landscape

Carbon economy – mitigation and adaptation

Water economy – reduce and recycle

Food security – protect production/manufacturing /distribution

Nutrition and health – provide wholesome, nutritious, affordable food

Business/regulatory landscape

Policies and regulations

Regulatory Reform

Food Security

Consumerism

Health – preventive

Environmental impacts (waste)

Biosecurity,

New technologies

Workforce – skills

Supply chains

Trade

Transport

All potentially impact on food access, food choice, and food composition

And so on nutrition and health of Australians

Carbon - Energy – Water - Land

A competitive & profitable agri - food industry

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Competitive and profitable industry

4 platforms

Vision

Platform

Key elements

  • World class operating environment
  • Lean and efficient supply chain
  • A secure food source for Australia
  • Consumer-driven innovation
  • Preferred supplier to the world (growing export market)

A growing, profitable and sustainable industry...

Robust Australian food & grocery manufacturing industry

... Economically, socially and environmentally providing a secure source of safe food and groceries to Australians

  • Greener industry and supply chain
  • Reduced waste for a cleaner environment
  • Improved health for the nation
  • Guaranteed product safety and security

Clean, green, healthy & safe products

An industry that partners in educating and empowering consumers...

  • Nutrition savvy consumers
  • Clear and open food and product information
  • Consistent, well-researched advice on healthy-eating and lifestyle

Informed and empowered consumers

... Within a best practice regulatory framework that demands the highest food and grocery standards

  • Agreed decision-making framework
  • Comprehensive policy framework
  • World renowned regulatory framework
  • Full industry compliance

Best practice regulatory framework

best practice policy and regulation

Agreed Principles evidence based, risk assessments, cost – benefit, outcomes

Alignment of Regulation and Policyclear objectives, scope, outcomes focus, appropriate tools

Proportionate Regulatory Approaches

Black letter law, prescribed codes, voluntary industry codes

Best Practice Regulation

Market failure (and Government failure) corrected

Best Practice Policy and regulation

Active Enforcement of Compliance

Enforcement, monitoring, amendment, removal

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Labelling review

  • Once in a generation opportunity
  • A robust, comprehensive, practical, policy and regulatory framework for now and future
  • Protect consumers
  • Support industry
  • Support Government – health, food security, economy
  • Fix issues – HC, FOPL, CoOL, trans-Fats, GM
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Answer the key question

  • What is the justification for:
  • mandating information on pack
  • prohibiting information on pack.

RESET

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Food safety (security) – emerging issues

  • Traceability – melamine showed we could to better
  • New sources of risk – US experience with fresh vegetables and food borne illness
  • Competencies – need more traction with the National Food Safety Auditor competencies program
  • Food security – maintain trade, maintain manufacture in Australia
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Regulatory policy– emerging issues

Health Protection vs Health Promotion

Work more in partnerships

regulatory policy emerging issues

PER 60g SERVE

ENERGY

870kJ

FAT

0.7g

SAT FAT

0.2g

SODIUM

115mg

SUGARS

9.5g

DI*

10%

DI*

1%

DI*

1%

DI*

5%

DI*

11%

Regulatory Policy – Emerging issues

Voluntary Codes

  • Valid alternative regulatory measure
  • ACCC support – proportionate response
  • Daily Intake Guide – 2000 sku’s, 70 mainstream brands
  • Need strong policy direction
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Regulatory Policy – Emerging issues

More Demanding Consumers!

How should regulators respond?

Sept 2009

how do we regulate this
How do we regulate this?
  • What it is – ingredients
  • How to use it – recipes and menus
  • Health (nutrients/allergens/claims)
  • Technologies (additives, GM, nano)
  • Environment (CO2’ recycling, water, fish sustainability)
  • Social (animal welfare, palm oil)
  • Price and offers
  • E.g. – use of recycled water – how are we going to label?
look behind the bar code
Look behind the bar code

Labels no longer limit information

Opportunities to:

Inform

Educate

Advise

Promote

Time Sept 2009

extended labelling
Extended labelling

A regulatory challenge!

conclusions
conclusions
  • Many challenges – big issues implications for food regulatory policy.
  • Profitable food industry needed to meet challenges
  • Best Practice Regulatory - guide responses
  • Food Labelling Review – hit reset button
  • Health Protection v.s. Health Promotion –
  • Voluntary Codes – a pragmatic way forward
  • Modern Technology offers some solutions.