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Board meeting outcomes 2012

The summary of key outcomes is not an official record of the decisions of the FSANZ Board and does not provide full details of those decisions. The Board minutes of each meeting are the official record of the decisions made by the Board at that meeting. No reliance should be placed on the summary of key outcomes at the links below.

Teleconference 31 October 2012

At its 31 October 2012 teleconference, the FSANZ Board (the Board) approved (or re-affirmed approval of) a number of variations to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code).

These decisions have been notified to the COAG Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation. The Review and Approval reports summarising the reasons for these decisions are available on the FSANZ website.

FSANZ51 -19-20 September 2012

At its 51st meeting held in Canberra on 19-20 September 2012, the FSANZ Board (the Board) approved one variation to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code).

The Board approved a draft variation to the Code.

This decision has been notified to the COAG Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation (Forum on Food Regulation). The Approval report summarising the reasons for this decision is available on the FSANZ website.

FSANZ is seeking public comment on a draft variation. The assessment summary was released by FSANZ on 26 September 2012.

The Board commenced the first round of public consultation on its review of requirements in the Code for infant formula products. The Consultation Paper on Infant Formula Products was released by FSANZ on 26 September 2012

Review requests

The Board considered progress reports on two proposals that are currently the subject of review requests from the Forum on Food Regulation: Proposal P293 – Nutrition, Health & Related Claims; and Proposal P1011 – Country of Origin Labelling – Unpackaged Meat Products. The decisions on the review requests for both Proposals need to be completed by the Board by 31 October 2012.

Financial statements

The Board formally approved FSANZ’s financial statements for 2011-12 following the completion of the annual audit by the Australian National Audit Office. The Board also approved FSANZ’s 2012-13 budget.

FSANZ50 - 25-26 July 2012

At its 50th meeting held in Canberra, on 25-26 July 2012, the FSANZ Board (the Board) approved four variations to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code).

These decisions have been notified to the COAG Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation (Forum on Food Regulation). Approval reports summarising the reasons for these decisions are available on the FSANZ website.

The Board considered the Forum on Food Regulation’s 20 July 2012 communique concerning the treatment of general level health claims in the draft Standard for Nutrition, Health and Related Claims. The Board noted that Ministers had reached agreement on a preferred approach for regulating general level health claims which includes pre-approved food-health relationships as well as the option of self-substantiation of new claims which comply with detailed criteria that would be set out in the Standard. The Board further noted that the Forum had agreed to extend the review period for the Standard until 31 October 2012 which will allow FSANZ to further consult with public health groups, consumers, industry and government officials on the details of the general level health claims provisions in the draft Standard.

The Board completed its consideration of FSANZ’s consultative arrangements with consumers and the public health sector. The Board noted that the Consumer and Public Health Dialogue, which was established in 2010 on a trial basis to strengthen engagement with consumer and public health groups, was working well and agreed to make it a permanent feature of FSANZ’s overall consultative framework. The Board also decided to cease the operation of its Consumer Liaison Committee on the basis that its high level advisory role had effectively been subsumed by the Consumer and Public Health Dialogue and that FSANZ’s interaction with consumers was now primarily through its social media sites (FSANZ Facebook and Twitter).

Teleconference - 20 June 2012

At its 20 June 2012 teleconference, the FSANZ Board (the Board) approved one variation to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code).

This decision has been notified to the COAG Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation. The Approval report summarising the reasons for this decision is available on the FSANZ website.

The Board also gave final approval to FSANZ’s 2012-2015 Corporate Plan.

FSANZ49 - 9-10 May 2012

At its 49th meeting held in Canberra, on 9 and10 May 2012, the FSANZ Board (the Board) approved two variations to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code).

These decisions have been notified to the COAG Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation. Approval reports summarising the reasons for these decisions are available on the FSANZ website.

The Board considered a revised draft of its next three year (2012-2015) Corporate Plan which will set the strategic direction of the agency for this period. The Board will finalise the Corporate Plan before the end of June 2012 and publish it on the FSANZ website.

The Board considered a revised action plan for implementing the FSANZ component of the food regulation Ministers' response to recommendations from Labelling Logic: The Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy 2011. The Board expects this action plan to be a major part of its forward work program over the next three years.

The Board was briefed on the recent activities of its Consumer and Public Health Dialogue and identified a number of forthcoming projects that would lend themselves to targeted input from the Dialogue. The Board re-affirmed its commitment to the Dialogue as an important forum for collaboration on consumer and public health issues.

The Board reviewed the results of a targeted survey of consumer and public health groups on their perceptions of FSANZ’s performance. These results will be used to shape the development of a Stakeholder Engagement Strategy for FSANZ.

A presentation was given to the Board on ‘One Health’ – an internationally accepted concept that recognises that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected and that practical measures need to be adopted to reduce the risk and impacts of emerging and zoonotic diseases. Of particular relevance to FSANZ was the potential for emerging infectious diseases to impact on the safety of the food supply chain.

Teleconference - 18 April 2012

At its 18 April 2012 teleconference, the FSANZ Board (the Board) approved three variations to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code(the Code).

These decisions have been notified to the COAG Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation. Approval reports summarising the reasons for these decisions are available on the FSANZ website.

FSANZ48 - 7 - 8 March 2012

At its 48th meeting held in Wellington, New Zealand, on 7-8 March 2012, the FSANZ Board (the Board) approved three variations to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code).

These decisions have been notified to the COAG Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation. Approval reports summarising the reasons for these decisions are available on the FSANZ website.

The Board also called for submissions on the following matters on 26 March 2012:

Proposed Future Regulation of Nutritive Substances and Novel Foods in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code consultation paper (pdf 1.04mb)

The Board considered a first draft of its next three year (2012-2015) Corporate Plan. The plan sets the forward direction for the agency and is an important part of FSANZ’s strategic planning framework. The Board will seek to finalise the Corporate Plan at its next meeting in May 2012.

The Board completed its biennial review of the FSANZ Board Charter and formally adopted a new Charter for 2012-2013. The charter sets out the Board’s objectives, authority, composition and tenure, roles and responsibilities, reporting and administrative arrangements. It is subject to the provisions of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 and the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

The Board considered the food regulation Ministers’ agreed response to recommendations from a review of food labelling law and policy. It also considered a draft action plan prepared by FSANZ as part of the overall Implementation Work Plan currently being considered by Ministers. The Board noted there would be a significant amount of work for FSANZ over the next 1-3 years to implement some outcomes and to contribute to the implementation of other outcomes that fall outside FSANZ’s direct area of responsibility but which are likely to require FSANZ’s input.

The Board agreed to the re-appointment of four of its current Fellows for a further three-year term. Professor Ken Buckle (food science, processing and microbiology); Professor Nigel French (molecular epidemiology and risk research); Professor Stephen Goodall (health economics); and Professor Seppo Salminen (intestinal microbiota and health, probiotics and prebiotics) have all been re-appointed. The FSANZ Fellows program was established in 2000 and provides FSANZ with a network of distinguished experts in areas relevant to FSANZ’s work, whose expertise is an important source of independent, high-calibre advice on regulatory activities. There are 18 FSANZ Fellows.

The Board considered a review of FSANZ’s current Māori consultation arrangements which sought to examine whether they met the needs of both the Māori community and FSANZ. After considering the review, which included feedback from members of the Māori Reference Group (Ngā Kaitohutohu Kounga Kai), the Board agreed to disband the Māori Reference Group and try an alternative approach of linking into existing Māori networks that are operated by other organisations with an interest in food and nutrition.

During its meeting in Wellington, the FSANZ Board met with the New Zealand Minister of Food Safety. The Board also took the opportunity to meet with a range of industry, consumer, public health and government stakeholders

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