AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND: Trans-Tasman row over setting food safety standards
New Zealand has launched a formal objection to attempts by the Australian parliament to alter trans-Tasman food safety rules and effectively block the input of New Zealand in establishing standards. The food safety standard are set by the Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) and govern package labelling and content, and genetically modified foodstuffs. They are still subject to approval from a council of health ministers from the state, federal and New Zealand governments, however.
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