The bad news
Unfortunately, the new system is less useful if you are interested in the source of non-Australian ingredients. Companies won't have to tell you where key ingredients are from. For example, claims such as 'Made in Australia from more than 50% Australian ingredients' still leaves you in the dark as to where the other half comes from.
The government is making sure new labels will be on products as soon as possible and has promised to review the system in two years.
This proposal isn't perfect, but it's better. And in two years we will be calling for further improvements. In the meantime, we will encourage food manufacturers to provide more information on where the main ingredients of a product come from. We will also be monitoring over 300 labels with a report coming soon.
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