The Australian Government has announced a consultation process with industry, business and consumers into country of origin labeling.

This has been a vexed question.  Currently food can be labelled “made in Australia” without containing any Australian ingredients.  Concerns have been expressed about the statement “made in Australia from local and imported ingredients”.  Some consumers want to know exactly where the ingredients come from.

The Government has issued a proposal which differs depending on whether the product is domestic or imported.  For domestic goods it is suggested that there will be graphic and prescribed text which will “clearly explain what is done in Australia and the proportion of Australian ingredients”.  For imported goods no graphic is proposed but the prescribed text is to match the domestic text as closely as possible.

Examples of the proposed graphics have been given showing the percentage of local ingredients.