FSANZ tries to please industry and consumers

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The Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council
met in Adelaide today to discuss the standards and regulations that
govern the countries' food industries.

This was the sixth meeting of the Ministerial Council and one of the key points discussed during the meeting was the review being undertaken to develop and approve national food standards.

The Council said that it "strongly endorses"​ the idea that the primary objectives of food regulation are to protect public health, provide information for consumer choice and prevent misleading conduct.

However, it likewise believes that any processes developed for food standards should be efficient and not overload the food industry with unnecessary paperwork and red tape.

The ministers therefore concluded that they will look at ways of pleasing and protecting both the consumer and the food industry.

"The review will examine ways to streamline existing processes and strengthen protection of sensitive commercial information,"​ said the Council in a statement.

The results of the review and its recommendations will be presented to the Ministerial Council meeting in October 2005

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