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Food Safety Directorate

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will estimate the cost to industry and the consumer of the work of the food safety directorate.

The food safety directorate will strengthen my Department's organisation for dealing with food safety issues. This reorganisation of work does not involve costs to industry or the consumer.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the interested parties he consulted before establishing the food safety directorate.

I did not consult any interested parties before setting up the food safety directorate, but I did take into account the views put to me by a number of individuals and organisations that the large amount of food safety and similar regulatory work undertaken by my Department should be more clearly identified and brought together.