David Littleproud urged to relax alcohol regulations

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In a Senate speech on Tuesday, Senator Griff said the proposed inquiry would also investigate the circumstances of the departure of FSANZ President Robyn Kruk, who left in April, and Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth, who is left in August.

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This would determine whether Mr. Littleproud had “turned over statutory agents at the behest of the liquor industry” and “whether the line has been crossed”.

Correspondence with industry from Food Minister Richard Colbeck was also tabled in the Senate, including a joint letter from Alcohol Beverages Australia, the Australian Beverages Council, the Australian Food and Grocery Council and the National Farmers’ Federation, calling for FSANZ to be stripped of its powers.

The letter called for the FSANZ board to include more industry representatives and for the responsibility for food regulation to be removed from the Department of Health and transferred to Mr. Littleproud’s agriculture portfolio.

Mr Littleproud wrote to Carlton & United Breweries, Lion, Coopers Brewery and the South Australian Wine Industry Association in September 2020, saying he objected to the FSANZ recommended label stating ‘PREGNANCY WARNING: the alcohol can cause lifelong harm to your baby ”in black, red and white ink.

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But, he wrote, the federal government was rejected by New Zealand, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania, ACT and the Northern Territory at the ministers’ forum in food in July 2020, which finally approved the label and ordered producers to roll them out by 2023.

“I am disappointed with the forum’s decision,” Mr Littleproud wrote, saying the result of the pregnancy warning label “pointed out to me that more needs to be done to ensure that the views of the industry are taken into account in the policy-making process “.

Mr Littleproud’s office has been contacted for comment.


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