On 25 February, the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources released an evaluation report on country of origin labelling for food in Australia. This report follows a review of country of origin labelling requirements which were introduced in 2018.
The evaluation considered whether the reforms improved consumer access to information about the origin of food and clarified the origin claims businesses can make about their products, without imposing excessive costs on those businesses. The evaluation:
- found that the country of origin labelling reforms were well implemented, effective and met objectives, and
- recommended against making major changes to the requirements at this time.
To read the recommendations and key findings in more detail, check out the full report here.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand, 25-03-22