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Australian Made calls for mandatory country of origin labelling

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In light of a recent announcement from FSANZ, the Australian Made Campaign has renewed its call for mandatory country of origin labelling across all food products.

According to Australian Made, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) were instructed to develop a proposal to extend country-of-origin labelling across all primary food products for retail sale as part of the government’s response to the Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy in 2011.

However it was revealed this week that mandatory country of origin will not be extended to a small range of unpackaged foods including game meats, poultry other than chicken, eggs and cheese.

CEO of Australian Made, Ian Harrison, said that the he was disappointed the proposal had been scrapped .

“Food labelling requirements should be clear, straightforward and above all consistent – all food, packaged or unpackaged, should be required to carry a country-of-origin label,” said Harrison.

“Why should fresh chicken, for example, have to carry a country-of-origin label, but not duck or quail? Why should sliced ham have to carry a country-of-origin label, but not sliced cheese?”

“Consumers want to be able to buy with confidence, and a big part of this is knowing where their food comes from,” Mr Harrison said.

The Australian Made Campaign has called for mandatory country-of-origin labelling across all food products in numerous submissions, including to the current House of Representatives inquiry into food labelling.

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