Exposure draft consultation: Consumer Information Standards (Origin of Food) Regulations 2019

Submissions closed: 10 February 2020, 5pm

The Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Act 2018 (the Act) was passed in December 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.

In December 2019 we released an exposure draft of the Regulations that would prescribe the consumer information standard. Submissions closed in February 2020 and a total of 53 submissions were received. 28 of those submissions are available at the link below. We also received 25 submissions from individuals, of which:

  • 1 suggested New Zealand emulate the Australian way of labelling produce
  • 2 raised concerns about the moral, ethical and environmental conditions of farming practices. More specifically whether their meat was susceptible to chemicals or diseases
  • 9 supported NZ Pork’s suggested amendment to the definition of “cured pork” to “processed pork product that contains or is made of at least 30% pork flesh, cooked or uncooked; and (a) is represented for sale as ham or bacon; or (b) contains ingredients for the purposes of preservation, flavouring, moisture enhancement, tenderising, yield extension or reforming; or (c) is represented for sale as a sausage”.
  • 11 expressed their support of the right to know where their food and produce are coming from with honest and transparent labelling to show if coming from overseas. In addition, we had a submission from a farm owner who described their experience with their consumers wanting to know where their food comes from so that they can support local producers.

View the submissions in the document library(external link)

Find out more — Country of origin labelling

Background information