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Country of Origin Labelling

The Australian Government has committed itself to reform Australia’s country of origin food labelling (CoOL) laws following concerns arising from the linking of a Hepatitis A outbreak to the consumption of imported frozen berries.

NSW Farmers has long believed that better labelling laws are required so that consumers are able to make informed choices on the most important purchase they will make every week, what they will feed their family. 

As shown on the video below, Australia's CoOL laws are based on complex rules that are not easy to understand and that enable food which was not grown in Australia to be labelled as "Made in Australia". 

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Act now to support better country of origin food labelling

The Federal Government is presently surveying Australians to better understand their needs in our CoOL laws.  NSW Farmers encourages everyone to show their support for better identification of safe Australian food by visiting www.industry.gov.au/cool and taking the survey. 

NSW Farmers position on country of origin food labelling  

NSW Farmers believes that revamped CoOL laws must require the identification of where the key ingredients of processed food and beverages comes from and the amount of Australian content should be easily obtained by using a graphic representation.

NSW Farmers supports the proposal developed by AUSVEG as the basis for reforming these laws.  More detail on the reform NSW Farmers believes is required in our CoOL laws can be found below.

Country of Origin Symbol

 
Current CoOL Law
NSW Farmers Position
Regulations may, in relation to a specified logo, prescribe a percentage in the range of 51% to 100% as the percentage applicable.

Mandatory representative label indicating proportion of Australian ingredients. Eg a pie chart or a label that outlines the percentage by volume.

The present options are being considered by the Federal Government:

Pie chart

Bar chart

 

 

 Australian map

Circle chart

 Kangaroo logo and bar chart

  Text only

 

Country of Origin Claim


Current CoOL Law NSW Farmers Position

Produce of...

(representation that goods are the produce of a particular country)

  • Each significant ingredient or component has its origin in that country; AND
  • All or virtually all of the food processing/manufacturing is undertaken in the same country

Product of ...

  • for products consisting wholly of ingredients entirely sourced from one country, and (for processed foods) which have been processed entirely in that same country.
  • However, the Product of [country] category should have a small level of flexibility to ensure that non-characterising ingredients  such as seasoning do not preclude an Australian grower from being able to take advantage of the “product of” label.

Grown in ...

(A representation that goods were grown in a particular country)

  • Cannot be used in conjunction with a ‘Produce of ...” claim.
  • Each significant ingredient or component was grown in that country; AND
  • All, or virtually all the of the food processing/manufacturing is undertaken in the same country

Grown in ...

  • for products consisting wholly of ingredients grown in the one country

Made in...

(representation as to the country of origin of goods)

  • Goods have been substantially transformed in the claimed country; AND
  • 50% or more of the total production cost has been incurred in that country 

Manufactured in ... from ... ingredients

  • For products where over 50% of the processing costs have been incurred in one country, with the label naming the country of origin for all characterising ingredients, ordered by the proportion they make up the product.

Made with ingredient grown in ...

(A representation that ingredients or components of goods were grown in a particular country)

  • The claimed ingredient was only grown in that country; AND
  • The claimed ingredient was only processed in that country; AND
  • 50% or more of the total weight of the good is comprised of ingredients or components that were grown and processed only in that country.
N/A
N/A

Packaged in ... from ... ingredients

  • For products which do not meet any of the above thresholds. The country defined as “packaged in” is the location of the last point of manufacture for the product, with the label also naming the country of origin for all characterising ingredients, ordered by the proportion they make up of the product.
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