NEW FOOD LABELS PROVIDE MORE CLARITY FOR SOUTH WEST CONSUMERS

People in the south west will now have more clarity and less confusion about the food products they buy.

Consumers will now be able to look to the familiar kangaroo symbol for clear and accurate information on if the food was made, grown, produced or packed in Australia, or in another country, with the new country of origin labelling requirements for food now mandatory.

Member for Forrest, Nola Marino said, ‘The Australian Government had successfully delivered on community expectations that food labelling should provide a true statement about the product’s origin.

“Australian consumers were rightfully concerned about unclear and confusing food labels.”

“The Government addressed those concerns by implementing significant reforms to food labelling,” Mrs Marino said.

“Australian farmers and producers will see the benefits with consumers able to identify and choose to buy Australian products.”

“I commend the many businesses that adopted the new labelling before the end of the transition period. This shows their willingness to provide consumers with more meaningful information about product origin.”

Nola Marino said the new labels offer consumers in the south west accurate information so they can make educated choices about the food on their tables.
“They will now find it easier to choose products that match their preferences.”

The food labelling reforms commenced on 1 July 2016 after consultation with the Australian community and businesses. Australian consumers made it known that they wanted clearer and more meaningful food labelling, so they could make more informed choices about the food they buy.

Businesses were given two years to transition to the new arrangements. The transition period ended on 1 July 2018. Most food products sold in Australia must now meet the new labelling requirements. Stock in trade provisions minimise the need to relabel products labelled before 1 July 2018.

Consumer information can be found on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website.

Businesses looking for more information should visit the ACCC and Business.gov.au websites.