The origins will be clear
The passing the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill into law in late November was the culmination of over 10 years of work by Horticulture New Zealand, chief executive Mike Chapman said.
“Once this bill comes into law, consumers get to choose what to buy with full knowledge or where their fruit and vegetables come from.”
As well as congratulating the Government he commended the work done by the Green Party. Former member of Parliament, Sue Kedgley, started the journey when her member’s bill was drawn from the ballot in 2006 with another former Green MP, Steffan Browning, taking up the case.
Gareth Hughes had then secured the numbers needed to make this law.
This is a good day for horticulture, Mike said.
“Our research showed that more than 70 percent of New Zealanders want mandatory labelling for fruit and vegetables, so it is great to see them finally getting what they want.”