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The Cats Mother
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« on: November 16, 2009, 06:02:22 AM »

You may already be aware of this:

 

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/review-food-labelling-law-&-policy

 

This food labelling review by the Australia and New Zealand Food Ministerial Council is taking place at present and initial public submissions are being accepted until November 20th. Apparently there will be further consultation with the public and an opportunity to make further submissions, presumably upon the recommendations that come out of the first review.

 

I thought you might be interested in reading about this and for Australians on the board, possibly writing your own submission. I have just finished mine and will be submitting it tomorrow.

 

Submissions may be emailed to:

FoodLabellingReview@health.gov.au

 

This is for human food but I did refer to my experience with gamma irradiated cat food in support of my submission for full disclosure and labelling. I’m expecting to hear any day now about the outcome of the Primary Industries Ministerial Council reviewing pet food safety and possible regulation of the industry. They were due to report in November.

Best wishes

 

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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2009, 02:21:04 PM »

Thanks for the info, TCM.  I hope that you will be successful in getting this through in AU.
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2009, 05:59:52 PM »

I hope everyone whose cats were affected will write in and help get this passed !
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2010, 01:03:10 AM »

You may already be aware of this:

 

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/review-food-labelling-law-&-policy

 

This food labelling review by the Australia and New Zealand Food Ministerial Council is taking place at present and initial public submissions are being accepted until November 20th. Apparently there will be further consultation with the public and an opportunity to make further submissions, presumably upon the recommendations that come out of the first review.

 

I thought you might be interested in reading about this and for Australians on the board, possibly writing your own submission. I have just finished mine and will be submitting it tomorrow.

 

Submissions may be emailed to:

FoodLabellingReview@health.gov.au

 

This is for human food but I did refer to my experience with gamma irradiated cat food in support of my submission for full disclosure and labelling. I’m expecting to hear any day now about the outcome of the Primary Industries Ministerial Council reviewing pet food safety and possible regulation of the industry. They were due to report in November.

Best wishes

 


Did you receive any word on the outcome from the council reviewing pet food safety & possible regulation of the industry?
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2010, 03:57:50 AM »

Uoh! (bangs head on desk)
I keep asking but I can't get any definite answer as to when the review will be completed and of course what kinds of conclusions/recommendations they will come up with.

See my post here reply #11
http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/2009-the-stupidist-act-in-pet-food-t10099.0.html

When my contact returns next week I will be in touch again (about irradiation mostly but still...) and will post as soon as I hear anything concrete.

Thanks for your continuing interest.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2010, 09:03:17 PM »

Thank you for your not giving up and for letting us know what's going on when you find out also. Take care.
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2010, 08:23:08 AM »

The Cats Mother: We've been waiting for implementation of new labelling laws and pet food ingredients reviews here by the
FDA since September 2007, when Public Law 110-85 was signed into law mandating new labelling and ingredients reviews.
We're not getting any answers either. You have lots of company in banging your head against desk and bloody bureaucratic
walls. And we're all interested in what Australia and New Zealand do. You're supposed to have the intelligent food safety
authorities.
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2010, 04:44:08 AM »

You're supposed to have the intelligent food safety
authorities.


My backside!

(sorry) Lips sealed

Australia introduced gamma irradiation of nine tropical fruits the very day after Europe put a moratorium on the introduction of irradiation on any further foods than were already permitted until further safety studies were carried out.

Australia still uses crop pesticides  that are banned in other parts of the world e.g. Europe.

For a country so precious about the integrity of its local food supply and farmers' livelihoods it staggers me that they are playing with GM foods in Victoria and now NSW as well despite opposition from the general public and farmers themselves and a very vigorous anti-GM lobby.

And their stupid quarantine laws crippled my cat.

Intelligent my Aunt Fanny.  Angry

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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2010, 07:12:52 AM »

Then since I see little here besides kowtowing to the food industry lobby without regard for
consumer food safety, that could explain why the international food supply is so filthy and
polluted and in the last few years especially, downright lethal.

Consumers are going to have to do this themselves and demand safe foods and practices
with their pocketbooks. I don't want Fonterra and Monsanto to rule the world.
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2010, 09:45:01 AM »

Cats Mother - holly mackeral not only do you have the food blasted with radiation but its also the crops are sprayed with pesticide thats banned elsewhere. OMG just realized that your probably one of the place that was sold the banned poison at a reduced rate so it could be gotten rid of or something along those lines.

Now is this a prime example of food safety at work here? Safety, yeah sure.
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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2010, 12:44:41 AM »

No I don't think it's that JJ I just think we are way ahead of the world in some agricultural technological/medical surgery areas and hopelessly behind it in others. For the record not all imported food here is irradiated - only herbs and spices, herbal infusions and nine tropical fruit species. Australian grown is not irradiated. Organic imported is not irradiated (has to be cold stored for a period of time instead). Most of what I buy is organic where possible  locally grown. Because I no longer buy supermarket/high street shops herbs and spices or fruit and veg it really doesn't affect me. I just have 3 or 4 organic shops where I buy 90+% of my food.

We have a small population relative to the size of the land and virtually no manufacturing base (who does these days everything MIC - nearly all the English fabric mills and potteries and steel makers have gone to the wall - the Great Wall ha ha joke Tongue Roll Eyes  ) so it's a question of economy of scale and so forth. We therefore have reduced choice in some areas and are one of the last to get new things - for example the new PTFE-free non-stick pans they are just coming in here but I understand you've had them in the US for some years. Anyone have any? reviews are mixed but I've bought some anyway and hope they last they cost a fortune even on sale.

Sorry a bit off topic just trying to illustrate Australia for you. It's hard until you live here to understand what it can be like. When I first came here 25yrs ago I used to get my lingerie from the UK and hosiery from the USA the choice was so old fashioned and limited and poor quality. Now we have much better! Smiley But it's taken years for me to want to buy it here and be really happy with it.

Back to food, I think it is this 20years behind mindset in some areas here that is at the basis of it, is what I am trying to illustrate. Make sense?
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2010, 08:26:51 AM »

20 years ago I believe the USofA food supply was a lot safer. So don't rush to catch up.

Everything here is MIC, also, now, and perhaps the root of a horrendous common problem,
a huge giant of a country not even half industrialized and with no government controls supplying
the rest of the world because of international corporations killing to make an extra two cents
per unit produced or pound of food sold. Given enough time and effort, I think these problems
can be overcome, but how many of us are going to be harmed while that goes on?
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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2010, 08:58:03 AM »

20 years ago I believe the USofA food supply was a lot safer.


Slightly OT to this thread, but I was thinking the same thing, specifically as regards pet food, after I posted those old pictures of my catboys from the 70s.  They were so sleek and shiny, not overweight, never had health problems--and they ate relatively cheap dry and canned cat food from the grocery store, because that was all that was available.  I think "cheap grocery store" pet food back then was better than "premium" now.
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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2010, 08:41:33 PM »

Cats Mom - understand a lil better from your description of life living there. Agree with 3cats that you do not catch  up to the USA that quickly but only in the sense of the toxins in the banned pesticides that are used in your country. Glad you have stores that can provide the organic foods for you buy and eat.

OT a lil - catbird the reason food probably was better over 20 yrs ago is that it probably didn't contain the chemicals it does now (to keep it preserved or kill e.coli) nor plastic to falsify the nitrogen/protein level and save the PFC's a few pennies.
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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2010, 09:41:06 PM »

Just posted this on my FB page

"Have just been reading the Issues Consultation Paper, Food Labelling Law and Policy Review and making notes ready for the public consultation meeting tomorrow morning. Final public submissions due May 14 2010. Encourage all Australians to participate. Please share this with your friends if you care about the integrity of our food supply. Thank you"

The initial public submissions went in in November 09, now the next round begins. If you want to see when public meetings are being held in your locality please visit the webpage www.foodlabellingreview.gov.au

The issues consultation paper was based on the concerns raised by us, the consumers/general public, in the November submissions (I made a submission)

The public forum is a way to learn more about these issues and express your views prior to making a formal submission (if you so wish) by 14 May this year. Public meetings have taken place in NZ and begin in Australia tomorrow starting in Sydney and go on to 7 May all around Australia. Registration is necessary via the website linked above if you wish to attend. You aren't required to make a submission just because you attend a public meeting but you may be inspired to if you do attend or you may just be happy to have learned more and heard what other consumers are doing/saying on everyone's behalf.

Food is the foundation of our existence, along with the water we drink and the air we breathe. I wish everyone could find the time to give it the attention it deserves.

Thank you for reading.
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