Forging Closer Trans-Tasman Ties on Food and Nutrition Policy

Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash met with Ministers in New Zealand to progress a range of discussions on key food and nutrition policies.

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15 April 2014

Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash today met with Ministers in New Zealand to progress a range of discussions on key food and nutrition policies.

Minister Nash said Australia and New Zealand shared a close regional relationship, and the opportunity to engage in face-to-face talks was welcome.

“New Zealand is a close friend and neighbour, and we have many interests in common. Today’s discussions were positive opportunities to progress a number of issues,” Minister Nash said.

“Australia and New Zealand share well-deserved reputations for safe and clean food supplies – something I know both our countries are keen to preserve and promote.

“We agreed to continue to work together to improve collaboration on food recalls across the Tasman.

“Food labelling is also an issue of common interest, and there were productive discussions regarding Australia’s proposed voluntary Health Star Rating System – a system to give consumers ‘at a glance’ information about the packaged food they are buying.”

As well as meetings with New Zealand’s Minister for Food Safety, Nikki Kaye; Minister for Whanau Ora Tariana Turia; and Associate Minister for Primary Industries and Health Jo Goodhew, Minister Nash also met with Minister of Health, Tony Ryall.

“I discussed with Minister Ryall health workforce issues in rural and regional areas. New Zealand is also looking at initiatives to better deliver health services in these areas,” Minister Nash said.

Australia works collaboratively with New Zealand on matters relating to food through the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand.

This cooperative system helps protect the health and safety of consumers in both countries by reducing risks related to food, enabling consumers to make informed choices about food by ensuring they have sufficient information, and by preventing consumers from being misled.

Media contact: Carolyn Martin, 0417 966 328

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