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 requires the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to recommend a consumer information standard (to be made via regulations) within 18 months of the Act's commencement (by June 2020).

Cabinet approved the policy proposals to be included in the consumer information standard on 23 September 2019.

The Act specifies that this will apply to foods that are:

  • one type of fruit, vegetable, meat, fish, or seafood; and
  • fresh or frozen; and
  • no more than minimally processed; and
  • are packaged or unpackaged.

The Act also requires country of origin labelling on cured pork.

Now that Cabinet has made policy decisions, we want to consult interested parties on draft regulations to ensure that they will give effect to these decisions and are workable. The regulations are draft only and are subject to change before they are finalised.

The consultation document provides a commentary on the draft regulations to assist submissions, and asks specific questions that will help us to refine the policy and drafting of the regulations.

We are seeking feedback by 10 February 2020. 

Background information