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Proposed imported food reforms

Aust Gov
11th October 2016

Regulation Impact Statement for consultation – Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

On 22 August 2016 the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources announced the commencement of a public consultation process on proposed reforms to the regulation of imported food.

A Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) has been prepared by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for consultation. The RIS was subject to an early assessment by the Office of Best Practice Regulation.

The preferred option in the RIS would include changes to primary (and consequential subordinate) legislation to: mandate evidence of supply chain assurance for certain foods; broaden emergency powers; increase powers to monitor for new and emerging risks; recognise a foreign country’s food safety regulatory system; and harmonise the Imported Food Control Act 1992 with domestic food legislation where applicable – including requiring traceability.

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