Country of origin labelling

Consumers have asked for simpler information on the origin of the food they buy so they can make more informed purchasing choices.

Australia already has mandatory country of origin labelling for food but consumers often find the labels confusing or unhelpful.

From 1 July 2016, food offered for sale in retail stores in Australia will begin to have clearer country of origin statements applied to packaging. New labelling will advise consumers quickly and easily where the food is grown, produced, made or packed.

The Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard includes a two year transition period for businesses. Businesses will have until 1 July 2018 to sell existing stock and change labelling before the law becomes mandatory.

More information for consumers and businesses is available on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website.

Community consultation

Consumers were asked to have their say on the potential impacts, including the advantages, disadvantages and costs of changing Australia’s country of origin labelling.

Consultation closed on 29 January 2016.

More information on the country of origin consultation is available on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website.