The story so far
Knowing where your food comes from is important. Some people want to support Australian farmers, jobs and companies. Unfortunately the current terminology doesn't help you do that.
A recent CHOICE survey found 85% of respondents said it was crucial or very important to know if food they buy has been grown in Australia.
The claims used are confusing, so it's hard to make informed decisions.
'Made in Australia from local and imported ingredients’ is the most confusing claim. It gives no information about which ingredients are Australian and which are imported.
We want a system that means you can be confident where your food comes from.
The three claims we're proposing are:
- Premium claims about where the ingredients are from, like ‘Product of Australia’ or 'Australian produce'. This would mean virtually all food processing must happen in the country claimed. And that the manufacturer sourced most of the ingredients in that country.
- Premium claims about where the manufacturing took place, like ‘Manufactured in Australia’. This would mean 50% of the processing costs, and substantial transformation of the food, must happen in the country claimed.
- Broad claims to cover foods which don’t meet the requirements for the premium claims, like ‘Packaged in Australia’.
We've submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives Standing Committee. We’re now waiting for the report to be tabled to see the outcome. Stay tuned.