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MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS SENATOR MICHAEL TATE MEDIA RELEASE

22 May 1991

NEW INFORMATION ON FOOD ADDITIVES

A new publication launched today gives Australian consumers a wide range of information about additives in the food we eat.

"Food Additives - Food for Thought" was launched in Melbourne by the Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs, Senator Michael Tate, and will be distributed Australia-wide through Coles supermarkets.

Senator Tate said "Food Additives - Food fo r Thought" was the product of a co-operative effort funded by the newly established Australian Food Foundation and backed by the expertise of the Federal Bureau of Consumer Affairs.

"The Australian Food Foundation, based at the University of NSW, is supported by Australian food producers and its financial backing has provided the impetus to get the project off the ground", the Minister said.

"The organisational support of the Coles-Myer organisation, has been invaluable in assembling and distributing this vital consumer information.

"The information contained in the booklet will greatly help consumers to make health-conscious purchases", he said.

"The objective of the Commonwealth Government and the Federal Bureau of Consumer Affairs in being involved in this project is to empower consumers to make informed decisions.

"It is this philosophy which underpins much of the Government's work in the consumer area, particularly in relation to labelling . of food,and.a wide variety of other products.

"While there is generally no justification for restricting or directing consumers, it is vital that their independent purchasing decisions be backed up by full and accurate information", Senator Tate said.

He praised the involvement of the manufacturing and retail sectors in the preparation and distribution of the food additives publication.

"There has been close co-operation between the Australian Food Foundation and the FBCA in the preparation of the publication.

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"What we have sought to do is to demystify the subject of food additives and provide valuable information on what food additives are, why they are used, and how they are controlled.

"The information will be of particular value to those concerned about allergies, but in more general terms to everyone concerned about what they eat", Senator Tate said.

For information contact Adrian Wild or Carolyn Smith on (002) 349100 or (06) 2777260