AMA submission to FSANZ Act Review Impact Analysis Consultation

The AMA recently made a submission into the Food Standards Australian and New Zealand (FSANZ) Act Review Impact Analysis consultation, that proposes measures to safeguard public health and consumer interests.

In the submission, the AMA raises concern that the Impact Analysis and reform options do not adequately explain ‘how’ public health and safety will be better considered by FSANZ. A reform option raised in the Impact Analysis, that the AMA is tentatively supportive of, is FSANZ giving greater recognition of Indigenous food expertise in the Act. The AMA recommends that specific consultation with First Nations and Māori people and experts needs to be undertaken as a matter of priority to ensure that proposed changes to the Act incorporate Indigenous culture, knowledge and expertise. 

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