Food Safety Website now live for industry and consumers

Australian ministers and the New Zealand minister responsible for food have released a revamped food safety website designed to give stakeholders better access to information about the joint Australian and New Zealand food regulation system.

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25 November 2016

Australian ministers and the New Zealand minister responsible for food today released a revamped food safety website designed to give stakeholders better access to information about the joint Australian and New Zealand food regulation system.

Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie, launched the new website in conjunction with the Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation meeting in Brisbane.

“Food regulation is a complex system that involves all levels of the Australian and New Zealand governments,” Dr Gillespie said.

“For some time the Australian Government Department of Health has hosted a food regulation website which, following feedback from stakeholders, has been extensively improved to make finding relevant information easier, and more accessible.”

The new site, Food Regulation in Australia and New Zealand, provides vital information about the Australia and New Zealand food regulation system, including roles and responsibilities of the relevant food standards setting and regulatory authorities.

It contains an overview of the food regulation system in both countries, policy development, the implementation and enforcement of Food Standards, current food regulation activities and how stakeholders can get involved. There is also updated information on incident responses. The site is aimed at stakeholders of all levels: food industry, associations and public health groups and consumers.

The website also has a number of resources and publications of relevance to the food industry and there are outcome reports of major events such as the Ministerial Forum and the activities of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

“The Australian and New Zealand joint food regulation system is a strong system based on scientific evidence and expertise that protects the health and safety of consumers,” Dr Gillespie said.

“It’s critical we continue to have some of the safest food in the world available to Australian and New Zealand consumers.

“The new website enhances the strength of our existing food regulation system and gives greater transparency of regulation activities.

“It also gives us greater scope for improved stakeholder engagement opportunities and I look forward to increasing consultations with key stakeholders,” Dr Gillespie said.

The new website is available at the Food Regulation website.

NOTE: A joint Communique from the Forum will be released at the conclusion of the meeting today.

Media contact: Kay McNiece, 0412 132 585

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