Submitted to the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.
Dietitians Australia has given recommendations on a 'horizon scan' document that supports the Food Regulatory System's strategic direction for 2023-2026.
Australian and New Zealand Ministers endorsed the implementation of a new strategic planning cycle to support priority-setting that is evidence-based and informed by stakeholders. The development of, and consultation on, a horizon scan that captures the current landscape is the first step in the process.
A safe, affordable, and nutritious food supply to ensure the health and well-being of all Australians must be the number one priority of this.
Greater emphasis should be placed on the impact of the current state of play with the oversupply and overconsumption of unhealthy food, leading to a greater burden of disease, higher health care costs, and lower workforce productivity, as a result of an increasing unhealthy food environment.
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