Australia's food labels are getting clearer

The Australian Government is introducing new food labelling requirements to make it clearer where the products you buy are produced, grown, made or packed.

Easy to understand labels will tell you at a glance where a product comes from, so you can make a clear and informed decision.

Find more information in the video above on what the new labels look like, why labels are changing and what different labels mean. Food businesses have begun applying easy to understand labels which tell you at a glance where your food is grown, produced, made or packed. The labels also tell you what percentage of the ingredients come from Australia. The new labels give you the information you need to easily make informed decisions about the food you buy. For many years, Australians have been demanding changes to origin claims on food labels. You want them to be clearer, more meaningful, and accurate. Up until now, country of origin labelling has often been unclear. It was hard to know the difference between descriptions like ‘made in’ and ‘product of’. The new labels will be easier for you to understand, so you can make a quick, yet informed, decision wherever you buy your food. The new country of origin labelling requirements came into effect on 1 July 2016. Businesses selling food in Australian retail stores have begun applying the labels. There is a two-year transition period, giving businesses time to manage the change while still selling their existing stock. This means that over time, you will see more and more labels appearing on products. Any products that have old labels at the end of the transition period can still be sold until the end of their shelf-life. Food labelled from 1 July 2018 must follow the new rules. Source

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