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8. Consultation



8.1 Issues Paper for Proposal P234



8.1.1 Stakeholder Forums


    In the eight weeks preceding the closing date for written submissions to the Issues Paper (Initial Assessment Report), the then ANZFA invited key stakeholders to attend forums in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney and Melbourne to consider issues related to nutrition content and related claims. The forums were also an opportunity to encourage stakeholders to formally submit their feedback in writing. As a result of these face-to-face consultations, 30 of the 53 written submissions received were from organisations that had attended one of the stakeholder forums.




8.1.2 Written submissions


    A total of 53 submissions were received. The following table provides a breakdown of submissions by country and stakeholder representation.





      Stakeholder Group

      Australia

      New Zealand

      International

      Industry

      19

      9

      2

      Government

      5

      3

      1

      5

      2

      -

      Consumers

      6

      1

      -

      Total

      35

      15

      3

    The wide range of views and opinions expressed in submissions to the Issues paper were taken into account in the Draft Assessment Report.




8.1.3 External Advisory Group


    The early engagement of key stakeholders from both Australia and New Zealand was essential to the thoughtful examination of matters related to this review. As such, the then ANZFA established an External Advisory Group (EAG) consisting of representatives from government, industry and consumers to oversee the review and to provide expert advice when required. The EAG met on four occasions. Membership for the EAG and their Terms of Reference are at Attachment 3.




8.2 Draft Assessment for Proposal P234


    A Draft Assessment Paper was released in March 2002 to commence the second round of eight weeks of public consultation for Proposal P234.

    A total of 97 submissions were received. The following table provides a breakdown of submissions by country and stakeholder representation.



      Stakeholder Group

      Australia

      New Zealand

      Trans-Tasman

      International

      Industry

      30

      17

      5

      6

      Government

      7

      5

      -

      -

      Public Health / Non-Government

      8

      4

      -

      1

      Consumers

      13

      1

      -

      -

      Total

      58

      27

      5

      7

    It is not possible to present the full details of all submissions in the body of the Report. A summary of the issues raised during the public comment period is, however, presented at Attachment 5.





8.3 World Trade Organization (WTO)


As members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Australia and New Zealand are obligated to notify WTO member nations where proposed mandatory regulatory measures are inconsistent with any existing or imminent international standards and the proposed measure may have a significant effect on trade.
The WTO was not notified of this matter at Draft Assessment, as nutrition content claims are voluntary and the specific criteria that was being proposed was considered to be consistent with Codex and/or international practice and as such was unlikely to significantly affect trade of WTO nations.

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