Country of origin labelling
The Government has recently introduced mandatory country of origin labelling for certain foods. This page provides information about these new changes.
The Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Act (the Act) was passed in 2018. The Act required the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to recommend a consumer information standard (to be made via regulations) by 4 June 2021.
On 10 May 2021 the Consumer Information Standards (Origin of Food) Regulations 2021 (the Regulations) were made under the Fair Trading Act 1986. These Regulations give effect to the requirements in the Act by setting the detailed country of origin labelling requirements.
The Regulations commence on 12 November 2021 and do not apply to frozen foods until 12 May 2023 (i.e. 18 months after commencement as required in the Consumers' Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Act 2018).
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An exposure draft of the Regulations was released for public feedback in December 2019. We received 53 submissions in total and a number of minor changes have been made in response to the feedback.
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