The Australian Senate has had a Select Committee examining the Food Processing Industry and it’s report was released in August.
In Committee was to review the following areas;
- the competitiveness and future viability of Australia’s food processing sector in global markets
- the regulatory environment for Australia’s food processing and manufacturing companies
- the impact of Australia’s competition regime and the food retail sector, on the food processing sector, including the effectiveness of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010;
- the effectiveness of anti-dumping rules;
- the costs of production inputs including raw materials, labour, energy and water;
- the effect of international anti-free trade measures;
- the access to efficient and quality infrastructure, investment capital and skilled labour and skills training.
The report includes 35 recommendations, including;
- recommendations for government to monitor how big carbon emitters pass on the costs of the carbon price into the supply chain
- The government initiate an independent review of the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010
- a food supply chain ombudsman within the ongoing roles of the ACCC
- the major Australian supermarkets voluntarily establish benchmarks within their corporate social responsibility policies to measure and improve satisfaction of suppliers in dealing with the supermarkets
- country of origin labelling, and the labelling of products in general
The full report can be found here