A review of the Australian market for vitamins and other health supplements is planned for later this year, with tighter regulation of the multi-million dollar business the likely outcome.
The review of the vitamins industry comes as part of an overall review of Australia's food industry regulations, according to the National Business Review.
The first step towards a change in the way the food industry is regulated in Australia took place recently, when health minister Annette King announced the establishment of a new Food Safety Authority, formed by combining two separate departments at the ministries of health and agriculture.
The new authority will be responsible for implementing Australia's food regulations and overseeing the dietary supplements industry, although this could change if the health ministry succeeds in its plan to bring the latter under its own control.
The changes to the dietary supplements regulations are in part due to the Australian government's desire to bring the New Zealand rules in line with its own. New Zealand's laws are not as restrictive as those across the Tasman Straight, and the two countries are thought to be considering joint legislation.