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FOOD STANDARDS AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND ACT 1991 - SECT 59

Assessing a proposal

             (1)  Subject to section 56, if the Authority prepares a proposal, the Authority must assess the proposal.

Note:          Section 56 allows the Authority to abandon a proposal.

             (2)  In assessing the proposal, the Authority must have regard to the following matters:

                     (a)  whether costs that would arise from a food regulatory measure developed or varied as a result of the proposal outweigh the direct and indirect benefits to the community, Government or industry that would arise from the development or variation of the food regulatory measure;

                     (b)  whether other measures (available to the Authority or not) would be more cost-effective than a food regulatory measure developed or varied as a result of the proposal;

                     (c)  any relevant New Zealand standards;

                     (d)  any other relevant matters.

Note:          See also section 18, which sets out the objectives of the Authority in developing food regulatory measures and variations of those measures.



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