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Country of origin labelling

(July 2018)

The Australian Government has introduced a new country of origin food labelling system, which commenced on 1 July 2016. Under the new system, country of origin labelling requirements come under Australian Consumer Law.

Businesses had two years to change their food labels to comply with the new law before it became mandatory on 1 July 2018. The Food Standards Code was amended through Proposal P1041 on 1 July 2018 to remove its country of origin labelling requirements.

Information about the new labels is available on the Department of Industry website.

General information about country of origin labelling is available from the ACCC website.

Does country of origin labelling apply in New Zealand?

Country of origin labelling is voluntary in New Zealand and suppliers may choose not to display this information. There is an exception for grape wine, which must be labelled with its country or countries of origin. When suppliers do provide country of origin information, it must be accurate.

All food must be labelled with the contact details of the food supplier in New Zealand or Australia, so you can contact the supplier and ask for details about the food. 







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