Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging residents to have their say on the Government’s proposed Country of Origin Labelling reforms before the consultation period closes on 29 January.
Senator Macdonald said with Australia Day just around the corner, it was a perfect opportunity to have input into the reform of the nation’s guidelines on country of origin food labelling.
“This is an issue that had dogged governments, manufacturers, producers and consumers alike for many years, and I am pleased to see consumers given an opportunity to have a say,” Senator Macdonald said.
Senator Macdonald said the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement, released late last year, outlines issues to consider when implementing the new reform agenda.
The Statement is a result of extensive collaboration between government, food businesses, retailers, farmers and consumers.
The consultation also includes an opportunity to comment on a draft information standard that sets out the rules around food products and the proposed new labelling requirements.
“But at the end of the day, it is important that it reflects community standards, and provides the necessary details that consumers want in order to make informed choices about the foods they eat,” Senator Macdonald said.
To comment on the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement and draft legislation or for further information on country of origin labelling, visit https://consult.industry.gov.au/cool-taskforce/cool.