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Monday, 10 August 2015
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Food Labelling

(Question No. 760)

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Trade and Investment, in writing, on the 12 May 2015:

(1) Are there any barriers in Australia's various trade agreements to lifting Australia's monitoring efforts to ensure that contaminated food is not imported to Australia for consumption.

(2) Are there any Free Trade Agreements or World Trade Organisation rules that Australia is currently party to or in the process of becoming party to, which may prevent the Government from strengthening Australia's domestic food labelling laws; if so, what are they.

Mr Robb: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No. World Trade Organization (WTO) and international trade agreements to which Australia is a party do not contain "barriers" to members, including Australia, monitoring food imports for safety reasons.

(2) No.