The Australian Government is introducing changes to country of origin labelling (CoOL) for food, to provide clearer information to Australians about where their food comes from.
Food businesses across the country have begun applying easy to understand labels that will indicate at a glance where food was grown, produced, made or packed. The labels will also indicate the percentage of ingredients from Australia.
Full information for businesses can be found on the following website
If you sell food in retail stores in Australia, new Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) laws apply to your products from 1 July 2016.
Businesses will have time to adjust over a two-year transition period. This means food products packaged up until 1 July 2018 can be sold without the new labels.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published guidance on the new origin labelling rules for food to help businesses comply with the new requirements – Country of Origin Food Labelling.
It has also released more general guidance covering both food and non-food products – Country of origin claims and the Australian Consumer Law.
The ACCC is expected to release revised guidance in March 2017, to reflect changes to the country of origin safe harbour defences contained in the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Act 2017.