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Queensland Government Responds to FLB article on the Queensland Food Act

Published: 22 Feb 2008

In the October 2007 issue of FoodLegal Bulletin, there appeared an article written by Joe Lederman entitled "Queensland Food Act moves in the wrong direction: What happened to simplification and national uniformity?". The article in the FoodLegal Bulletin explained the bureaucratic complexities of the new Queensland Food Act. The article contrasted the Queensland position with simpler Food Acts operating in other Australian jurisdictions.

FoodLegal received a letter from the Queensland Government written by the Manager of Food Safety  Policy and Regulation in the Environmental Health Unit of the Queensland Health Department which (amongst other things) states that the FoodLegal article was "incorrect and/or perceived as misleading or deceptive".

With permission from the Acting Principal Policy Adviser of Food Safety Policy and Regulation in the Environmental Health Unit of the Queensland Health Department, we now publish the letter from the Queensland Government in full, so that readers will have a better understanding as to why the Queensland Food Act is in the form that it is in.

Please click here to see the full letter