Food labelling reforms a step closer
BUSINESSES within the food sector are encouraged to have their say over the Federal Government's proposed new country of origin labelling reforms.
The reforms propose a new label for food that would include a kangaroo in a triangle icon with a supplementary bar chart and text showing what proportion of ingredients are from Australia.
A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement has been released which outlines issues for communities and businesses consider in implementing the reform agenda.
The consultation also includes an opportunity to comment on a draft information standard that sets out the rules around food products and the proposed new labelling requirements.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce said the work into the new labelling is being undertaken jointly by state and territory governments, reflecting shared responsibility for Australia's origin labelling system.
"We are determined to deliver a meaningful and clear country of origin labelling system for food and we are well on the way to making that happen," Mr Joyce said.
"Concerns about country of origin labelling have been going on for too long. The changes we have flagged will finally address those concerns so that Australian shoppers can have confidence about the origins of the food that they buy."
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne said significant progress has been made in meeting community expectations and that government is keen to talk to business about their role in delivering these improvements to consumers.
"We have come a long way in addressing an issue that many governments of both sides before us have failed to resolve. The next step is to gather the right information to ensure our final decision meets everyone's needs," Mr Pyne said.
Imput is also welcome from non-food sector businesses, food importers, retailers, wholesalers, farmers and Australia's trading partners is also welcome.
For further information on country of origin food labelling and to comment on the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement, visit https://consult.industry.gov.au/cool-taskforce/cool
Comments close on January 29 next year.