Food la­belling for con­sumers

Isis Town and Country - - News -

MEM­BER for Hin­kler Keith Pitt has wel­comed new re­forms to coun­try of ori­gin food la­belling, which gives Aus­tralian con­sumers clear in­for­ma­tion about the prod­ucts they buy.

“It is im­por­tant con­sumers have the in­for­ma­tion they need to make in­formed choices,” Mr Pitt said.

“Aus­tralians want bet­ter coun­try of ori­gin la­belling and the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment has de­liv­ered that for con­sumers.

“Con­sumers de­serve peace of mind about la­bels claim­ing that a prod­uct is ‘Made in’ or a ‘Prod­uct of’ Aus­tralia – and the new sys­tem will en­sure that’s the case.”

Mr Pitt said many foods found on Aus­tralian re­tail shelves would be re­quired to in­clude a kan­ga­roo in a tri­an­gle logo to in­di­cate if the food was made, pro­duced or grown in Aus­tralia.

“The new sys­tem will also in­clude a bar chart in­di­cat­ing the pro­por­tion of Aus­tralian in­gre­di­ents,” Mr Pitt said.

“This will make it much eas­ier for con­sumers to choose which prod­uct they want to buy, armed with the knowl­edge of where it has been grown and pack­aged, with­out im­pos­ing an ex­ces­sive bur­den on busi­nesses.”

Busi­nesses will have two years to tran­si­tion and up­date la­bels with their ex­ist­ing pro­duc­tion pro­cesses and la­belling cy­cles, and all stock in trade can see out its shelf life.

The changes will also close the loop-hole which al­lows food from one coun­try that is packed in an­other to just say where it was packed.

The re­forms will be in­tro­duced from July 1 with la­bels ex­pected to ap­pear in re­tail out­lets later this year.

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