The intention of the governments of Australia to undertake a review of food regulation was announced by the Prime Minister in his March 1997 statement, More Time for Business, following discussions and agreement on a national approach to the review by the Commonwealth, the States and Territories and the Australian Local Government Association.
The key objectives of the Review were:
While protecting public health and safety, to:
- reduce the regulatory burden on the food sector, and examine those regulations which restrict competition, impose costs or confer benefits on business; and
- improve the clarity, certainty and efficiency of food regulatory arrangements.
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