Your Chance to Improve Food Labelling

Posted by Josette Dunn on 26th February 2010

If you have opinions or ideas about how to improve food labelling in Australia, now is the time to do something about it.  The Committee conducting the Independent Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy is about to embark on the planned second round of public consultations in Australia and New Zealand.

Woman grocery shopping

This Review, chaired by Dr Neal Blewett AC, is being conducted at the request of the Council of Australian Governments and the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council, representing Australian and New Zealand Governments.

This public consultation period is an important opportunity for people to provide the Review Committee with specific information about ways to improve food labelling in Australia and New Zealand.

The Committee have prepared a paper (called the Food Labelling Review Issues Consultation Paper) that summarises the issues that have been raised in the first round of submissions to the Review, as well as issues in the literature and media in recent years. This Paper elaborates on the Review’s Terms of Reference and has been prepared to stimulate thinking and debate. It is important to now take the next step in the Review process and begin thinking about the range of solutions and ideas to improve food labelling.

The Food Labelling Review Issues Consultation Paper will be released on 5 March 2010 via the website The closing date for written submissions is 14 May 2010. Submissions that add to the deliberation and discussion (and meet the submission guidelines) will be made publicly available on the website.

As part of the consultation, the Review Committee will be holding public forums in Australia and New Zealand from 17 March – 7 May 2010. Members of the public are encouraged to take the opportunity to respond to the consultation questions, and to attend one of the public meetings. Stakeholders are now invited to register on the website ( to attend a public forum.

The schedule is as follows:


Wednesday 17th March 2010

Thursday 25th March 2010

Friday 26th March 2010

Monday 29th March 2010

Friday 9th April 2010

Monday 12th April 2010

Friday 16th April 2010

Friday 23rd April 2010

Thursday 29th April 2010

Friday 7th May 2010