The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2013 is set to provide greater transparency for consumers. The bill will create a single regulatory regime that extends labelling requirements under the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1995.
Notably, the bill hopes to remove customer confusion surrounding the commonly used term “Made in Australia”. Research shows that many products bearing this label originate in other countries and are only manufactured in Australia.
If enacted, this term will be replaced with “Manufactured in Australia” to remove confusion. Similarly, products that are only packaged in Australia will no longer be able to make claims such as “Made from local and imported ingredients”.