Where does your food come from? Right now, it's hard to find out.
Food labels must tell you where a product was made or produced, but the current system's often confusing. We want easy-to-understand labels that cut out the guesswork.
Following the frozen berry recall in late February, the Prime Minister put together a task force of ministers to present a country of origin labelling proposal to Cabinet. We will be pushing to ensure that any proposed country of origin solution is in the best interest of consumers.
How you can help
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Your support on this issue was heard! The Minister for Agriculture has personally thanked everyone who has called for better country of origin labelling.
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.
CHOICE survey found 85% of respondents said it was "crucial" or "very important" to know whether or not the 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 on which ingredients are Australian and which are imported.
We want a system that means you can be confident where your food comes from.
We're proposing three claims for use on food labels:
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'.
frozen berry recall in late February, the Prime Minister put together a task force of ministers to present a country of origin labelling proposal to Cabinet. We will be pushing to ensure that any proposed country of origin solution is in the best interest of consumers.