Shoppers will soon find it easier to buy Aussie food with new Country of Origin Labelling standards set to become compulsory on 1 July 2018. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the system means shoppers can easily choose clean, green Aussie produce and support Australian farmers.
“Aussies want to choose fair dinkum Aussie produce and our Country of Origin Labelling changes will help them,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Aussies want to support Aussie farmers – all we’ve got to do is give them the information. Our labelling changes require a bar graph showing how much of the product is Australian.
“We have seen big and small businesses already using the labels, including SPC, Nestle, Bulla, and Woolworths.
“The Country of Origin Labelling system has been voluntary since it was introduced in mid-2016, but from 1 July this year it will become compulsory.
“For business yet to include the Country of Origin standards on its labels, four months might seem like a long time but it will be on us sooner than you think.
“It can take time to redesign food packaging.
“We are supporting business to make the changes, including through an online tool.”
More information for businesses, including an online tool, can be found at business.gov.au/foodlabels or by calling the contact centre on 13 28 46.
- Mandatory Country of Origin food labelling standards to come into effect on July 1, 2018
- Labelling system shows percentage of Australian-produced content in food
- An online tool and support services to assist business with the transition
- Most Australian foods will need to include a bar chart and statement indicating the minimum percentage of Australian content.
- These foods will also carry the ‘Australian made’ kangaroo logo if it has been made, produced or grown here.
- All food labels will need to continue to include a statement about where the food has been made, grown or produced. Ω