Country Of Origin Food Labelling

August 11, 2017

Mandatory labelling changes designed to give clearer information

JULY 2017 marked the half way point in the transition to mandatory labelling changes designed to give clearer and more meaningful information to Australian consumers about the origin of the food they buy. If you sell food in retail stores in Australia, new Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) laws have applied to your products from 1 July 2016.

The new labels respond to widespread demand from consumers for better information about where their food came from.

Businesses have until 1 July 2018 to adjust, food products packaged up until this time 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.

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