Several new measures have been put in place to protect food safety, including the need for importers to have a food safety management certificate proving production has been properly managed. Authorities will also have new powers to stop food entering Australia if there is doubt about its safety, until scientific testing is done or the problem can be sorted out. Penalties for breaking new food safety laws will be introduced, ranging from jail terms of up to 10 years and fines of more than $100 000.
Introducing the Imported Food Control Amendment Bill 2017, then Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, said, ‘It is essential that we ensure food being brought into Australia is safe. As globalisation changes how food is traded around the world, we need to strengthen our laws to meet the changing landscape.