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

23 August 2016

For the information of RDA Committees and their stakeholders

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is working with the Department of Health to improve how we manage imported food safety risks without imposing undue costs on importers and consumers, as well as our 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 better protect the health of consumers.

To assess the proposed options, we have released the Imported Food Reforms—Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for public comment from 22 August 2016 to 30 September 2016.

Feedback on the consultation RIS will help us better understand and measure the implications of the proposed reform options on affected stakeholders and interested parties. Feedback will also provide input to the final assessment of options and decision making process for further Government consideration. By providing feedback to the consultation RIS you are helping to ensure the reform options considered are practical and viable.

Further information?

For further information and to keep up to date with how the proposed reforms are progressing, please visit or contact the Imported Food Reform section or call 1800 900 090.