Coun­try of ori­gin la­bels on shelf

Gatton Star - - LIFE -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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