Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy

Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council) have agreed to undertake a comprehensive review of food labelling law and policy.

The Ministerial Council on 23 October 2009 announced that former Australian Health Minister, Dr Neal Blewett AC, would head up the Panel which would undertake a comprehensive examination of food labelling law and policy. Dr Blewett was a pioneer of Australia’s universal Medicare health system and is a strong advocate for the rights of consumers.

Dr Blewett was joined on the panel by public health law academic Dr Chris Reynolds, economic and consumer behaviour expert Professor Simone Pettigrew, food and nutrition policy academic Associate Professor Heather Yeatman, and food industry communications, marketing and corporate affairs professional Nick Goddard.

The Review Panel completed two rounds of public consultation. On 26 October 2009, interested stakeholders were invited to provide brief submissions on food labelling issues within the Terms of Reference, to be considered as part of the Review. This consultation round closed on 20 November 2009, and the Panel received more than 6000 submissions.

The issues raised by stakeholders during the initial round of consultation, as well as issues in the literature and media in recent years, formed the basis of the Panel’s Issues Consultation Paper, which was released on 5 March 2010 to launch the second round of public consultation. The Panel called for written submissions in response to the questions posed in the Issues Consultation Paper, and also held a series of public consultation forums in Australia and New Zealand. The second phase of consultation, and the opportunity to provide written submissions, closed on 14 May 2010. The Panel received more than 550 written submissions, and more than 550 people attended the public consultation forums.

The Review Panel considered stakeholders’ perspectives provided in the written submissions and other information gathered during the course of the Review process to inform the development of its recommendations. During this time the Panel directly approached individuals and organisations for further information regarding any of the written submissions that it had received.

On 28 January 2011 the Review Panel officially presented the Final Report to the Hon Catherine King MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, as the Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council. The Final Report – Labelling Logic was publicly released on the same day.

On 9 December 2011 the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation agreed its response to Labelling Logic, the final report of the independant Panel for the Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy.

Attached below is the Government response -
Governance Forum on Food Regulation response to the Food Labelling Law and Policy Review (Word 876 KB),
Governance Forum on Food Regulation response to the Food Labelling Law and Policy Review (PDF 542 KB)

Page last updated: 10 December, 2011