Country of origin labels on shelf
AUSTRALIANS have the chance to choose Aussie produce with new country of origin labelling laws which came into force on July 1.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the new labels would let Aussies vote with their wallets and support our farmers.
“Research shows nearly three-quarters of Australians think it’s important to know the country of origin of their food,” he said.
“Consumers said they felt tricked by claims like Made in Australia from imported and local ingredients –sowe took action.
“The bar graph and kangaroo are a simple way to display country of origin information.
“The bar chart shows how much of the product was grown by Aussie farmers.
“The kangaroo symbol tells us the food was processed or manufactured in Australia.
“The labels are (now) mandatory for all food offered for retail sale in Australia.”
Mr Littleproud recently met with the large franchised fast food outlets – including Mcdonald’s, Subway, KFC and Domino’s to discuss origin labels.
“These companies agreed to put country of origin information on their websites and on apps – a sensible first step giving their customers information and choice,” he said.
NEW LOOK: All products now have to display a country of origin label, outlining where they were made, and where the ingredients/products are from.