ANTIPODES: Proposed ingredients labelling causing a stir
Health Ministers meeting in Canberra at the end of November are expected to decide that all will be revealed when they debate the new labelling rules developed during a six-year review process by the Australia New Zealand Food Authority (Anzfa). The tough standards are expected to provide better protection for those with allergies to certain foods, and mandatory nutritional information panels are also planned to improve the dietary habits of consumers. Some 70 % of manufactured food in Australia and New Zealand currently carries nutritional and allergy information, but the managing director of Anzfa, Ian Lindenmayer, commented that: "Some of our standards have not been reviewed for 20 or 30 years and don't reflect contemporary scientific and medical knowledge about the impact of particular food or food ingredients on health and safety."Features proposed for the new labelling include:
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