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Industry welcomes focus on food security outlined in new report

The Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) has welcomed the report presented by the House Agriculture Committee ‘Australian Food Story: Feeding the Nation and Beyond’.

“At a time when cost of living and inflation are running high, any focus on the food supply chain and the significant work done by food manufacturers to feed Australians is welcomed by industry,” says AFGC CEO Tanya Barden.

“Having provided a submission and testified publicly, as well as numerous discussions with each of the committee members, the AFGC is pleased to see many of our suggestions put forward as recommendations by the committee.”

The report outlined 35 recommendations which will now be provided to the Government for their formal response.

“Given food manufacturing represents a third of Australia’s total manufacturing sector, any focus on its long-term viability is a step in the right direction and for this we congratulate the committee. Many of the recommendations align with the positions outlined in the AFGC’s report ‘Sustaining Australia: Food and Grocery Manufacturing 2030’.

“We look forward to working with government and the broader industry in the weeks and months ahead as key recommendations are discussed in more detail,” Ms Barden said.

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