19, 2005, as reported by just-food.com: Australia
and New Zealand are leaning toward implementing a country-of-origin
labeling system for all unpackaged imported foods.
The joint Food Regulation Ministerial Council will
consider a final country of origin labeling proposal
at its meeting in Sydney on October 28, 2005 in the
meantime Christopher Pyne, Australia's parliamentary
secretary for health and ageing, is encouraging members
of the council, consumers, farmers, and others in the
industry to do the same.
“This is a matter of ensuring consumer choice.
It is important that consumers can buy food confidently,
knowing whether it’s home grown Australian produce
or an imported produce. Before finalizing this report
FSANZ will be consulting again with consumers, growers,
retailers and food manufacturers. I urge any interested
parties to register with FSANZ to make sure that they
receive their copy of the discussion paper,” Pyne
is quoted as saying.
Consultation on the discussion paper began August 10
and will continue through September 2, 2005.