International impact on food regulations

We found that the reg­u­la­tions that impose costs are Aus­tralian reg­u­la­tions, whether or not they have been adopt­ed in con­for­mi­ty with inter­na­tion­al oblig­a­tions. Many of these reg­u­la­tions are imposed by the State gov­ern­ment in accor­dance with the nation­al reg­u­la­to­ry frame­work for food stan­dards. Oth­ers are imposed direct­ly by the Fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, most­ly under export health-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion laws or under quar­an­tine laws on imports. All of the reg­u­la­tions impose some costs on firm in the food indus­ry. But most of them—contrary to the pro­vi­sions of the nation­al reg­u­la­to­ry framework—have not been assessed for the net ben­e­fits that they offer.

Inquit’s full report is avail­able from the VCEC web­site.

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