The Australian Government is currently redesigning the Australia and New Zealand food regulatory system and we want to give you the opportunity to have your say.
Food Regulation sets the boundaries for how food can be made and sold in Australia and New Zealand. For instance, it defines what certain products are or can be called, approves new processing additives and ingredients, limits what products can contain and sets requirements on what can or must be said about a product to consumers.
This system shapes our food supply - determining availability, accessibility and marketing; shaping dietary patterns. Unhealthy dietary patterns are produced from these environments that can contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers. Most importantly, diet-related disease can be prevented through our food regulatory system.
Effective regulation has the potential to improve the healthiness of our food supply, for example by encouraging reformulation to make products healthier, ensuring better information is provided to consumers about products or restricting how unhealthy products can be promoted and marketed.
Use the link below for more information to craft your own submission to the Obesity Policy Coalition!