New Food Labels for Australian Products

From 1 July 2018, a new food labeling scheme will be introduced to assist consumers choosing Australian products.  The labels will use a bar chart to show what percentage of the item was made locally.

Fruits and vegetables, nuts, spices, fish and meat will all require to display the labels.

Some products, including confectionery, snack foods, soft drinks, bottled water and tea and coffee, will be exempt from the changes.

Imported products will also be clearly identified.

 

“Customers can see whether the product was made in Australia, what proportion of the ingredients were Australian, and they can see that straight away when making their purchase decisions,” Martin Squire from the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science told 9NEWS.

“(It gives) a bit more influence for the people with the spending power to choose locally grown produce,” David Jochinke from the Victorian Farmers Federation said.

To read more visit:  http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/04/26/18/41/made-in-australia-food-labelling-shows-shoppers-detailed-origin-of-products

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