FOR more than 20 years the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW has lobbied against the importation of foods and for tighter biosecurity laws so that Australia’s fruit and vegetable industries are protected and the possibility of food contamination reduced.
The CWA of NSW has contributed submissions to a number of proposed frameworks relating to agricultural legislation, including the NSW Biosecurity Act 2014 and the National Food Plan in 2011.
After the recent Hepatitis A alert linked to frozen berries, CWA of NSW president Tanya Cameron said Australian farmers were required to adhere to strict food safety policies.
“This latest health scare highlights an opportunity for consumers to show their support for local farmers and buy home-grown products,” she said.
“Appropriate food labelling is just one part of the problem – at the end of the day it doesn’t matter which country it’s from, what matters is whether it is safe.”
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