Essays on Food Standards Amendment (Truth In Labeling Laws Palm Oil) Bill Assignment

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The paper "Food Standards Amendment (Truth In Labeling Laws – Palm Oil) Bill" is an amazing example of a Business assignment. The “ Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labeling Laws – Palm Oil) Bill, ” was introduced by Australia sought to limit the extensive deforestation occurring because of palm oil used in most food ingredients.   Following its use as a major ingredient in foodstuffs, most of the rainforests in Malaysia and Indonesia have been cleared to create space for the establishment of palm oil plantations. This has become a major concern to other partners in the WTO agreement, necessitating them to seek some legal amendments that would restrict Palm oil use, thus averting the dangers it is likely to cause in terms of deforestation. However, the nature of the requirements introduced by the proposed amendments, notably the “ Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labeling Laws – Palm Oil) Bill” could be against the provisions of the WTO agreement.

According to the Bill, any food product containing palm oil as an ingredient, regardless of the quantity, should indicate as such (Australia & Moore 2011, p.

11). More this, the bill seeks to have the food products labeled as CS palm oil, to indicate that they originate from countries that have adhered to palm oil sustainable regulations. Various issues arise from the proposed measures, which need to be carefully considered, to establish the suitability or the inappropriateness of the “ Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labeling Laws – Palm Oil) Bill. ”   First, according to the “ Article XI, section 1 of the WTO agreement, ” it requires that no restrictions should be applied by a member state, which is a party to the agreement, towards another country, whose nature is not that of the taxes, duties, or any other charge (Bown 2009, p.

13). Thus, according to this requirement, no member country should restrict the importation of another member country’ s products, with any other basis.  

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