Food processors not considered in National Food Plan

The National Food Plan has failed to consider the country’s food processing sector, believes a federal MP.

The Weekly Times reports that Dan Tehan, Liberal MP for Wannon, has criticised the “elephant in the room” that is the struggling food processing industry, which has shed 600 jobs in the last two years.

“What is the strategy to make sure we continue to process food in this country?” Tehan said to the Times.

“We've seen job losses in this area and yet government hasn't done anything to help what is key part of the whole food chain, where you value add, add additional income and employ people.”

The aim of the plan, which is accepting submissions for its white paper, is to “foster a sustainable, globally competitive, resilient food supply that supports access to nutritious and affordable food”.