New food la­belling bit­ter­sweet

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

IT IS a shame it took the in­fec­tion of 28 peo­ple with hep­ati­tis A from frozen berries for it to hap­pen, but Aus­tralian con­sumers will soon have a bet­ter idea of how much of their food is truly lo­cal and whether it is ac­tu­ally made in this coun­try.

Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott and Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Barnaby Joyce yesterday un­veiled a new la­belling sys­tem, fea­tur­ing green and gold kan­ga­roo la­bels.

Aus­tralian man­u­fac­tur­ers will be re­quired to show the la­bels from next year.

While there may be a small ad­di­tional cost from the la­belling, con­sumers will at least have peace of mind about where their food comes from. This is a wel­comed, over­due ini­tia­tive.

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