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Australian food labels must easily convey where food is grown, produced, made or packed. This helps consumers make informed decisions about the food they buy.
If you sell food in retail stores in Australia, you will need to consider if your products need country of origin food labels.
Country of origin labelling requirements for food are in the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016. You can design and apply your own labels as long as they meet the standard.
On the business.gov.au website we provide the following resources:
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website explains how to:
Consumers want quick and accurate information to help decide what food to buy. Food labels need to be clear, consistent and honest. It’s against the law for suppliers to mislead or lie about where their food comes from.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website explains the meaning of each label and your rights as a consumer.
We consulted with industry and consumers about a new food labelling system and undertook market research [1.4MB PDF] [3.3MB DOCX] . Our findings showed strong support for a new food labelling system. Consumers called for greater clarity about where their food comes from.
We commissioned a report into the potential for digital food labelling in Australia. This would enable businesses to provide digital food product information to their consumers and share information with other businesses in their supply chains.
The report looked at work underway in Australia and overseas to develop web-based data sources, ledgers, apps and interactive supermarket displays.
We found Australia’s food industry is already considering ways to collect and provide digital food product information, and this will be used to inform the future development of digital food labelling. Contact us if you would like to view the report.
The Minister led a working group to consider whether origin labelling should be extended to seafood sold in foodservice. A working group paper and addendum were prepared to inform discussions. The government is considering outcomes from the consultation.
Last updated: 19 September 2018
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