The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) has welcomed the retention of the “Made in Australia” claim, but said “cost will still be a significant factor.”
“Changes flagged by the Government to country of origin labelling on foods are a step closer to recognising consumer and industry concerns,” said Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) Confectionery Sector Head, Tim Piper.
The government approved the new labelling system last week, and there will be an initial voluntary take-up of the country of origin food labels will see changes appear on the shelves later this year.
Overall, the response to the announcement has been positive, but a few have expressed some concerns. Consumer advocacy group CHOICE says the new system looks less useful for consumers wanting information about any of the 195 countries that are not Australia.
Tim Piper says “while a good deal of detail remains to be considered, industry expects to work with the Government as the process evolves and to ensure it can comply.
“Cost will still be a significant factor, but the new rules must be easy to implement.
“Encouragingly, retention of the term ‘Made in Australia’ is a significant element of the proposal that is welcomed by the confectionery industry.
“While not all foods require the new graphic initially, those that will have to comply have some choice on the placement, size, layout and colour.
“The Ai Group Confectionery Sector will continue to work with the Government to ensure the industry’s views are recognised,” Piper said