In September 2011, Cancer Council responded to the issues paper to inform the development of a National Food Plan.
Cancer Council supported the development of a National Food Plan because of the clear link between healthy eating, nutrition, body weight and some cancers. A National Food Plan that brings together all elements of the food system is vital to ensure the health of the Australian population as well as a dynamic and competitive food industry, while limiting the negative effects of food production, processing and consumption on the environment.
However, the paper and the approach taken, had a number of limitations that must be addressed in subsequent stages in the development of a National Food Plan. This submission highlights these limitations and sets out recommendations for ensuring any future National Food Plan supports Australians to consume a diet consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines.