Reforms to Country of Origin labelling the right balance

Consumers will be better informed when it comes to making choices about the products they buy following significant reforms to Country of Origin food labelling.
Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the reforms, announced last week, were great news for consumers, who have long been pushing for more information about where their food comes from.

“This is a huge win for the consumer, who can now make a much more informed decision when purchasing food,” Senator Macdonald said.

The reforms mean that many foods found on retail shelves will be required to include a kangaroo in a triangle logo to indicate if it is made, produced for grown in Australia. It will also include a bar chart indicating the proportion of Australian ingredients.

“One of the concerns when developing the new food labelling standards was the need to limit the administrative burden on businesses, and I am pleased to see that the right balance has been achieved, giving consumers the information they want, without bankrupting manufacturers in the process.”

The reforms will be introduced from 1 July, with labels expected to appear in retail outlets later this year. 

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