Sat, Jul-14-18, 20:14
Location: New Zealand
Public consultation: labelling of sugars on packaged foods & drinks
Just read this on Prof Grant Schofield's blog
The Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC) is inviting submissions from stakeholders on the labelling of sugars on packaged foods and drinks. A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (Consultation Paper) has been prepared to seek information on this topic from stakeholders, including industry, public health and consumer organisations and other interested parties.
The Consultation Paper is available on the Food Regulation website. As this is a public consultation, we ask that you forward this invitation to any other relevant parties that would be interested in providing a submission.
Information provided in response to the consultation will be drawn upon to prepare a Decision Regulation Impact Statement which will identify a preferred policy option to recommend to the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) in relation to the labelling of sugars on packaged foods and drinks. The Forum is comprised of Ministers responsible for food regulation from the Australian Federal Government, New Zealand, and Australian States and Territories governments.
Submissions need to be lodged through the online Portal and should be supported by evidence. Peak organisations are expected to consult their members on the questions in the Consultation Paper and provide a single response on behalf of their members. Duplicate submissions are not necessary. Submissions that are not evidence-based, or do not directly answer the questions in the paper may not be drawn upon in preparing the Decision Regulation Impact Statement for the Forum.
Submissions close at 11.59pm on 19 September 2018 Australian Eastern Time.
If you have any questions about this consultation process, please contact the Food Regulation Secretariat at the email address below.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to make a submission.
Food Regulation Secretariat
I've read through the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement
, and basically they're looking for feedback with regard to labelling options for added sugars in food, as opposed to total sugars, net carbs or total carbs. So the scope is not quite as wide-ranging as I'd like it to be, but it's still something I guess.
Amongst the options is a pictorial teaspoon count, which was one of the key recommendations I made in my own proposal to our Health Minister
earlier in the year. And there's room for me to criticise the existing Healthy Star Rating system as well. This turned out to be somewhat better than I first thought.
The list of questions is quite long and detailed, so you'll need to give yourself plenty of time if you want to make a submission without saving your progress along the way. Mine's in now, at least.
Last edited by Grav : Sun, Jul-15-18 at 00:03.