Country of origin labeling on the table in the South Pacific

Posted August 19, 2005, as reported by 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.