AMA submission - FSANZ Act Review draft Regulatory Impact Statement

8 Jun 2021

The AMA considers that the policy problems identified in this Regulatory Impact Statement are too heavily focussed on reducing regulatory burden for industry. This RIS seems to treat the presence of regulations as foremost, a hurdle for businesses, rather than as a necessary protection for consumers and health. The crucial policy problem, which is not addressed adequately by the three proposed reform options, is that the current Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act) is not allowing the food regulatory system to meet its objective of protecting public health in the short and long term.