Two years ago the government announced new Country of Origin laws.  Industry was given two years to comply and - as of 1 July - the labelling is now mandatory.

There are four categories that can be identified for consumer benefit:

  • Grown in...
  • Produced in...
  • Made in...   
  • Packed in...

Country of Origin must be identified, or if a mix of foods from different countries, a retailer can choose to state each Country of Origin in the mix, or label that it is a mix of of local and imported food or a mix of imported foods. 

The new rules do not apply to the hospitality industry and therefore restaurants are free to import foods and not declare their origin. 

The government has said it will be watching for non-compliance. Foods produced before 1 July 2018 are exempt.

For further information, visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission at: www.accc.gov.au

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AuthorRay Dennis