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Thursday, 7 October 1971
Page: 2134


Mr Barnard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Which members of consumer groups or the general public are on each of the following committees or sub-committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council: (a) food standards (b) food additives (c) food microbiology (d) food science and technology and (e) pesticides and agricultural chemicals. - (2) Which companies involved in the food industry are represented on these committees, and on which committees are they represented.


Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   None.

(2)   None. Although certain members on the food sub-committees are employed by food manufacturers they are selected on the basis of their value to the sub-committees as individuals and not as representatives of particular organisations. The sub-committees are therefore comprised of individuals who are expert in their field and their selection is made irrespective of the groups they represent.

Two members of the Food Standards Committee who are also members of the Council of Australian Food Technology Associations Incorporated represent the food industry as a whole.







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