If you sell food in retail stores in Australia, new country of origin food labelling laws will apply to your products from 1 July 2016.
The new labelling requirements will vary depending on the type of food product and whether it was grown, produced, made or packed in Australia or another country. And while the new rules come into effect from 1 July, businesses will have time to implement their labelling changes over a two-year transition period. This means food products packaged up until 1 July 2018 can still be sold without the new labels.
A national information campaign has just begun to raise awareness among consumers of the new laws.
Key facts about the laws
- All food that currently needs to be labelled with a country of origin will continue to do so.
- Most food that is made, produced or grown in Australia will need to carry a label that also includes a kangaroo symbol, as well as text and a bar chart indicating the percentage of Australian ingredients.
- Labels for most products packed in Australia that contain imported foods which have undergone no or only minor processing in Australia will carry a ‘packed’ statement, as well as text and a bar chart indicating the percentage of Australian ingredients. They will not carry the kangaroo symbol.
- Imported food will continue to show where it was grown, produced, made. If the food was not grown, produced or made in a single country it will need to indicate where it was packed and that it is of multiple origins or comprises imported ingredients.
Information on what the new labels will look like and how to get started is available on the business.gov.au
The Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016, section 134 of the Australian Consumer Law, can be found here
More information can be found on the ACCC website: