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Public consultation on proposed imported food reforms

Help strengthen Australia's imported food system by providing your feedback

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is working with the Department of Health to improve how Australia manages imported food safety risks without imposing undue costs on importers, consumers, and trading partners. The proposed reform options seek to address the limitations of the current system by providing more flexible and targeted ways to prevent and respond to food safety risks.
To assess the proposed options, the Imported Food Reforms – Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) is released for public comment from 22 August 2016 to 30 September 2016. Feedback on the Consultation RIS will help better understand and measure the implications of proposed reform options on affected stakeholders and interested parties. Feedback will also help inform the Government's decision-making process. By providing feedback to the Consultation RIS you are helping to ensure the reform options considered are practical and viable.
For further information and to keep up to date with the reforms, please visit or contact the Imported Food Reform section or call 1800 900 090.

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The Australian food industry: a patent analytics report

Identifying patent activity, technological specialisation, and collaboration can help to illustrate the innovation landscape. This report used patent analysis to assess the scope, quality and impact of innovation activity within Australia's food sector. The study identified 1,050 food related inventions that originated from Australia between 2000 and 2011.

Food Processing Industry Strategy Group

The following is provided for historical purposes only.

The Australian Government annonced the formation of the Food Processing Industry Strategy Group in January 2011 to help develop a more competitive and sustainable food processing sector, and increase innovation and investment in the sector.  The Strategy Group was able to provide advice to government but was not a decision‑making body.

The Food Processing Industry Strategy Group report was released on 10 October 2012.

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