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Food Safety Law Reform Bill passed

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Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor has today welcomed the passing of the Food Safety Law Reform Bill into law.

The new law addresses the recommendations from the Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) Contamination Inquiry.

"New Zealand has made substantial progress in putting in place the WPC Inquiry recommendations operationally, but some recommendations needed legislative change," Mr O’Connor says.

"The Food Safety Law Reform Bill addressed these recommendations and its passage will reinforce New Zealand’s reputation as a reliable supplier of safe and suitable food."

The Bill amends the Animal Products Act 1999, Food Act 2014, and Wine Act 2003 so improvements, recommended by the dairy-focused WPC Inquiry, apply across the system.

"Many modern businesses work under more than one food safety Act. Better aligned processes under these three food safety Acts means there will be a more consistent approach for businesses across the whole food safety system.

"The new law includes a range of changes to strengthen our responses to food safety incidents, create a more consistent and fair approach to enforcement for non-compliance, and improve the Government’s accessibility to information from third-parties. It also allows us to create regulations where food and medicines converge.

"The law supports other steps the Government is taking to ensure the New Zealand food safety system is strengthened and continues to remain fit for purpose," Mr O’Connor says.

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