The mandatory labels give
The mandatory labels give "clearer” information to Australian consumers about the origin of the food they purchase. Paul Braven GLA221015SHOP

Businesses alerted as mandatory food labelling draws close

THE clock is ticking for businesses to adopt Australia's new Country of Origin Labelling changes for food products, which become mandatory in less than a year on July 1, 2018.

The mandatory labelling scheme is designed to give "clearer" information to Australian consumers about the origin of the food they purchase.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, today encouraged food businesses to follow the lead of their counterparts, who were already on board with CoOL.

"Australians are seeing the labels on a growing number of foods products in their supermarket aisles, ranging from Woolworths packed salad mixes, to the iconic CHIKO roll, to Wicked Sister's Rice Pudding," Minister Hartsuyker said.

"The new labels are easy to identify, meaningful and clear-consumers are able to easily access Australian origin information and liking what they see.

"The labels also make it easy for families to see how much of their food is grown in Australia and make it easier to support Australian farmers at the checkout."

Business around Australia were given a two-year period before mandatory compliance is enforced.

"Now, more than ever, consumers have access to clearer country of origin labelling when selecting what goes in their shopping basket. Under the changes, imported goods cannot claim to be made in Australia just because they underwent canning, slicing or reconstitution in Australia.

"For most food made, grown or produced in Australia, the new labels feature the kangaroo in a triangle symbol and a bar chart indicating the percentage of Australian ingredients."



Mum charged after her child missed 121 school days

premium_icon Mum charged after her child missed 121 school days

A mum of five pleaded guilty to failing her obligation as a parent

Fire crews called to bushfire in Ipswich suburb

Fire crews called to bushfire in Ipswich suburb

114 vegetation fires were reported across the state overnight

Emergency services called to three car crash on Ipswich Mwy

Emergency services called to three car crash on Ipswich Mwy

Paramedics were on scene but nobody needed to be taken to hospital.

Local Partners