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A Bill for an Act to reduce the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy being present in imported meat
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Registered 04 Jun 2010
Introduced HR 31 May 2010

2008‑2009‑2010

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Food Importation (Bovine Meat – Standards) Bill 2010

 

No.      , 2010

 

(Mr Cobb)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to reduce the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy being present in imported meat

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                               1

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 2

3............ Objects................................................................................................ 2

4............ Interpretation...................................................................................... 2

Part 2—Requirements, assessment processes, risk analysis and labelling standards       3

5............ Simplified outline................................................................................ 3

6............ Food importation requirements.......................................................... 3

7............ Importation offence............................................................................ 3

8............ Assessment requirements................................................................... 4

9............ 2009 assessment processes................................................................ 4

10.......... Substitute assessment processes........................................................ 4

11.......... Import risk analysis............................................................................ 5

12.......... Country of origin labelling standard................................................... 5

13.......... Act does not reduce other obligations................................................ 5

Part 3—Miscellaneous                                                                                                         6

14.......... Regulations......................................................................................... 6

 


A Bill for an Act to reduce the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy being present in imported meat

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Food Importation (Bovine Meat – Standards) Act 2010.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

3  Objects

                   The objects of this Act are:

                     (a)  to give force of law to standards for the assessment of bovine meat and meat; and

                     (b)  to maintain the assessment and importation requirements relating to bovine meat and meat products that applied at 1 July 2009 unless and until appropriate import risk analysis procedures are undertaken.

4  Interpretation

                   In this Act:

2009 assessment processes has the meaning given by section 9.

Authority means Food Standards Australia New Zealand, established by section 12 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991

bovine meat and meat products means bovine meat and food ingredients derived from bovines.

country of origin standard means Standard 1.2.11—Country of Origin Requirements made under the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991.

import risk analysis means an expanded import risk analysis undertaken in accordance with Part 6A of the Quarantine Regulations 2000.

NLIS means the National Livestock Identification System.

Part 2Requirements, assessment processes, risk analysis and labelling standards

  

5  Simplified outline

                   The following is a simplified outline of this Part:

The Part enacts the requirement that bovine meat and meat products imported into Australia must meet 2009 assessment processes unless new processes are introduced by legislative instrument and approved by each House of the Parliament.

Bovine meat and meat products may not be imported into Australia unless the Minister is satisfied that the originating country has in place a program equivalent to the NLIS.

The assessment requirements for bovine meat and bovine meat products cannot be changed unless an import risk analysis is undertaken.       

6  Food importation requirements

                   Bovine meat and meat products must not be imported into Australia unless:

                     (a)  the assessment requirements in section 8 have been met; and

                     (b)  the Minister is satisfied that the country or region has in place a program of ‘birth‑to‑death’ traceability to identify the origin of animals which is at least as rigorous as the NLIS.

7  Importation offence

                   Section 6 is an applicable standard for the purposes of section 8 of the Imported Food Control Act 1992.

Note:          Under section 8 of the Imported Food Control Act 1992 it is an offence for a person to import into Australia food that the person knows, or ought reasonably know, does not meet an applicable standard.

8  Assessment requirements

                   Each consignment of bovine meat and meat products must be assessed as being safe for importation in accordance with:

                     (a)  2009 assessment processes; or

                     (b)  another process substituted for 2009 assessment processes in accordance with section 10.

9  2009 assessment processes

             (1)  In this Act, 2009 assessment processes means the assessment processes which applied in relation to the importation of bovine meat and meat products as at 1 July 2009.

             (2)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, vary the details of those processes.

             (3)  An instrument made under subsection (2) must not vary those processes in a manner that would change any of the following:

                     (a)  the policy framework for the importation of bovine meat and meat products that applied as at 1 July 2009;

                     (b)  the categories for assessment of bovine meat and meat products that applied as at 1 July 2009;

                     (c)  the consequences of any categorisation or certification that applied in relation to bovine meat and meat products as at 1 July 2009.

10  Substitute assessment processes

             (1)  Subject to section 11, the Minister may, by legislative instrument, determine new assessment processes in place of 2009 assessment processes.

             (2)  An instrument made under subsection (1) may determine new assessment processes:

                     (a)  in respect of particular countries or regions; or

                     (b)  in respect of particular classes of countries or regions.

             (3)  An instrument made under subsection (1) does not take effect until it has been approved by resolution of each House of the Parliament.

11  Import risk analysis

                   An instrument made under subsection 10(1) may not determine new assessment processes in relation to a country or region unless an import risk analysis has been undertaken in relation to the importation of bovine meat and meat products from that country or region.

12  Country of origin labelling standard

             (1)  The Minister must, by legislative instrument, determine, within 28 days after the commencement of this Act, a labelling standard relating to country of origin labelling for beef and beef products imported into Australia.

             (2)  A standard determined under subsection (1) must contain labelling requirements in relation to beef which provide consumers with, at a minimum, the same information as is required in relation to pork under the country of origin labelling standard in force as at 1 July 2009.

             (3)  A standard determined under subsection (1) has effect as if it were a standard developed and approved by the Authority under the Food Standards Australia New Zealand 1991.

             (4)  A standard determined under subsection (1) ceases to have effect when:

                     (a)  a subsequent standard made under subsection (1) takes effect; or

                     (b)  the Authority develops and approves an equivalent labelling standard under the Food Standards Australia New Zealand 1991.

13  Act does not reduce other obligations

             (1)  This Act is intended to supplement the provisions of:

                     (a)  the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991; and

                     (b)  the Imported Food Control Act 1992; and

                     (c)  the Quarantine Act 1908;

and instruments made under those Acts.

             (2)  Nothing in this Act removes or reduces any obligation placed on any individual or organisation under those Acts or instruments.

Part 3Miscellaneous

  

14  Regulations

                   The Governor‑General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.