Joint Media Release with Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources The Hon David Littleproud MP
Thanks to the CLP, Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) is now mandatory for food produced or manufactured from 1 July 2018, making it easier than ever for consumers to choose Australian products.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the CoOL changes were a direct response from the Coalition Government to concerns from the community.
“People have long said that they want to know where their food was made or packed, and how much was sourced from Australian farmers,” Senator Scullion said.
“We have delivered a system that’s good for local shoppers, who can make informed decisions, and for local farmers growing great produce.
“Australian produce has a reputation for being high-quality, safe, clean and green and we want to help consumers buy Australian and get the best food here at home.”
Minister Littleproud said the bar graph and kangaroo are a simple way to display country of origin information.
“The bar chart shows how much of the product was grown by Aussie farmers,” Minister Littleproud said.
“The kangaroo symbol tells us the food was processed or manufactured in Australia.
“Australia grows safe, clean food and we want to help consumers choose the best.”
The Coalition Government introduced the CoOL reforms in 2016, giving businesses until 1 July 2018 to comply with the new requirements.
The labels are mandatory for all food offered for retail sale in Australia.
For more information on the new labelling requirements and what the symbols and claims mean, visit industry.gov.au/industry/industrysectors/foodmanufacturingindustry/pages/country-of-origin-labelling.aspx.