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

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Submissions due: 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  

How to make a submission

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) seeks written submissions on the exposure draft of the Consumer Information Standards (Origin of Food) Regulations 2019 by 5pm on 10 February 2020. Your submission may respond to any or all of the proposed changes. Where possible, please include evidence to support your views, for example references to independent research, facts and figures, or relevant examples.

Please include your contact details in the cover letter or e-mail accompanying your submission.

You can make your submission by:

  • sending your submission as a Microsoft Word document to consumer@mbie.govt.nz.
  • mailing your submission to:
    Competition and Consumer Policy
    Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
    PO Box 1473
    Wellington 6140

Please direct any questions that you have to consumer@mbie.govt.nz.

Use and release of information

The information provided in submissions will be used to inform MBIE’s policy development process, and will inform advice to Ministers on the final Consumer Information Standards (Origin of Food) Regulations.

MBIE intends to upload PDF copies of submissions received to MBIE’s website at www.mbie.govt.nz. MBIE will consider you to have consented to uploading by making a submission, unless you clearly specify otherwise in your submission. If your submission contains any information that is confidential or you otherwise wish us not to publish, please:

  • indicate this on the front of the submission, with any confidential information clearly marked within the text
  • provide a separate version excluding the relevant information for publication on our website.

Submissions remain subject to request under the Official Information Act 1982. Please set out clearly in the cover letter or e-mail accompanying your submission if you have any objection to the release of any information in the submission, and in particular, which parts you consider should be withheld, together with the reasons for withholding the information. MBIE will take such objections into account and will consult with submitters when responding to requests under the Official Information Act 1982.

The Privacy Act 1993 establishes certain principles with respect to the collection, use and disclosure of information about individuals by various agencies, including MBIE. Any personal information you supply to MBIE in the course of making a submission will only be used for the purpose of assisting in the development of policy advice in relation to this review. Please clearly indicate in the cover letter or e-mail accompanying your submission if you do not wish your name, or any other personal information, to be included in any summary of submissions that MBIE may publish.