Foods for Early Childhood Reference Group

This reference group is developing a best practice guide to support the food industry to improve commercial foods for infants and young children.


The Foods for Early Childhood Reference Group is developing a guide for the food industry to help improve commercial foods for infants and young children.

This is part of the Healthy Food Partnership. The partnership brings together governments, the public health sector and the food industry to:

  • improve the diet of Australians
  • reduce diet-related diseases, overweight and obesity.

The group will work with the food industry to develop a best practice guide. The guide will support companies to align foods for infants and young children to the evidence and guidelines on early childhood feeding. Guidance areas may include:

  • flavour profile
  • labelling
  • packaging
  • serving size.


Gillian Duffy (Chair)Department of Health and Aged Care
Grant RobinsonDepartment of Health and Aged Care
Lucy Briscoe (proxy for Natalie Chong)Woolworths
Natalie ChongWoolworths
Dr Daisy CoyleThe George Institute
Dr Catharine FlemingWestern Sydney University
Matthew FoaleSymington’s
Peter FryerNestlé Nutrition
Anne-Marie MackintoshAustralian Food and Grocery Council
Jennifer McCannDeakin University
Dr Merryn NettingSouth Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
Shae RickardsAll G Foods
Andrea SchmidtkeFood for Health Alliance
Jacqui TurnerPZ Cussons
Christine WeaverKraft Heinz
Dr Miaobing (Jazzmin) ZhengDeakin University

Related groups

Other working groups involved in the Healthy Food partnership include the:

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