‘Made in Aus­tralia’ rul­ing

Pharmacy Daily - - Front Page -

COM­PLE­MEN­TARY Medicines Aus­tralia has high­lighted a de­ci­sion by the Fed­eral Court against Na­ture’s Care as an ex­am­ple of how Aus­tralian com­pa­nies are be­ing neg­a­tively im­pacted by new Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion guide­lines.

The court yes­ter­day ruled that en­cap­su­la­tion in Aus­tralia of im­ported fish oil and vi­ta­min D by Na­ture’s Care would not per­mit the cap­sules to be la­belled “Made in Aus­tralia” un­der the Coun­try of Ori­gin la­belling pro­vi­sions of the Aus­tralian Con­sumer Law.

ACCC Deputy Chair, Mick Keogh, said it was pleas­ing that the Court’s ap­proach was con­sis­tent with guid­ance given by the Com­mis­sion, in re­sponse to new Fed­eral laws that changed the cri­te­ria for com­pa­nies to claim “Made in Aus­tralia” sta­tus.

Ear­lier this year Na­ture’s Care ap­plied to re­new its li­cence from Aus­tralian Made Cam­paign Lim­ited (AMCL) so it could con­tinue to use the as­so­ci­ated kan­ga­roo logo for its Fish Oil 1000+Vi­ta­min D3 prod­uct.

The AMCL re­jected the re­newal, with Na­ture’s Care sub­se­quently in­sti­tut­ing pro­ceed­ings seek­ing a dec­la­ra­tion that the prod­uct was “sub­stan­tially trans­formed” in Aus­tralia which would have al­lowed it to be la­belled “Made in Aus­tralia” de­spite con­tain­ing pri­mar­ily im­ported in­gre­di­ents.

The ACCC in­ter­vened in the case as a mat­ter of pub­lic im­por­tance, pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence to sup­port its view that en­cap­su­la­tion and ad­di­tion of a vi­ta­min should not be con­sid­ered a “sub­stan­tial trans­for­ma­tion” of the in­gre­di­ents.

Com­ple­men­tary Medicines Aus­tralia CEO Carl Gib­son said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was work­ing with the Gov­ern­ment “to se­cure an out­come that guar­an­tees Aus­tralian man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs and se­cures our ex­port mar­kets”.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.