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Media Release

The Hon Warren Truss, MP

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry


16 September 1999




Australians can now access a range of independent, scientifically based information about the f ood they eat, the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, said today.


The Minister today launched the ‘Food Science Bureau’, which is an initiative of the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC), to provide a one-stop-shop for people wanting information and advice on food issues.


“One of the Bureau’s strength’s is its broad-based appeal and the range of topics it covers,” he said. “Consumers, industry, policy makers and the media will be able to access information on topics as diverse as nutrition, healthy lifestyles, food safety and biotechnology.”


The Food Science Bureau will involve:


  • an independent and highly credible panel of scientific experts;
  • partnerships with key professional and scientific organisations;
  • a scie nce-based food information resource base; and
  • a state-of-the-art Internet site.


Mr Truss was also attending the AFGC’s inaugural Full Council Meeting in Sydney today. Addressing the meeting, Mr Truss said the competitiveness of Australia’s food sector dep ends on its ability to change its supply-driven culture to one based on demand.


“To help with this shift, it is paramount that the food industry adopts a ‘whole-of-chain’ approach,” Mr Truss said. “Every member in the chain, be they a farmer, processor, packager, manufacturer or distributor, must work together.


“The Government, in close consultation with key industry groups, including the AFGC, is developing the Action Plan for Food and Agriculture to help drive the process.”


The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has formed a reference group comprising key industry people to help identify the priority issues that should feed into the plan. Priorities such as:


  • international trade reform and market access;
  • reforming the business environment ;
  • commercially driven innovation;
  • sustainability; and
  • infrastructure reform in areas such as transport and logistics, telecommunications and energy.”


“I look forward to receiving the group’s recommendations”



Information on the Food Science Bureau:

Please call 1300 137 177 or

Email: info@

The Bureau’s web site is:


Andrew Hall; Media Adviser; (02) 6277 7520 or 0419 996 766

Email:    Web site:



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