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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2392

(Question No. 5160)

Mr Scott asked the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 26 February 1987:

(1) Does the Australian Atomic Energy Commission (AAEC) annual report for 1985-86 state on page 45 that the Public Health Advisory Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council had approved a model Food Standards Regulation for the Irradiation of Food and that the model regulation had been recommended to federal and State health authorities.

(2) Does the report state that the model regulation allows the processing of cereals, fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices and poultry and specifies that packages of these foodstuffs must carry the words ``Treated with Ionising Radiation'' or ``Irradiated . . .'' (with the name of the food), or words having the same or similar effect.

(3) Are these sections of the AAEC reports correct; if not, will the Minister have a correction prepared and published.

(4) If these sections of the reports are incorrect and the Minister will not have a correction published, why not.

Mr Barry Jones —The Minister for Resources and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) Yes.

(2) Yes.

(3) Yes, the summary of the Model Regulation in the AAEC's Annual Report is substantially correct.

(4) Not applicable.