8 July, 2016
The Australian Government has made the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 (Standard) under section 134 of the Australian Consumer Law.
On 1 July 2016 the Standard commenced. It regulates the type and amount of information that businesses will have to provide to consumers about the food they buy. Labelling requirements will vary depending on the type of food product and whether it was grown, produced, made or packed in Australia or another country. Businesses have up to two years to transition to the new arrangements.
To assist businesses transition to the new system, the ACCC has released a guide on how to comply with the new law. You can obtain a copy of the guide on the here.
Please note that the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) has publicly announced it is considering options to amend section 22 of the Standard soon after the election to bring it into line with the policy intent agreed to by the Commonwealth, states and territories in March. The proposed amendments would introduce new label options for food that is made overseas using exclusively Australian ingredients and subsequently packaged in Australia. DIIS has also advised that, if supported by Government, the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Bill 2016 to amend the safe harbour provisions of the ACL will be reintroduced in August 2016 at the earliest.
The ACCC’s guidance material will be updated to reflect these amendments when they are enacted.
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