From 1 July 2016, new country of origin labeling requirements will become a reality in Australia, with a new food labeling system commencing under the Australian Consumer Law. The implementation of the new system will have a two year transition period. From 1 July 2018, the new system will be mandatory and something which both consumers and businesses need to be aware of.
Earlier this year, we reported on possible changes to country of origin food labeling in Australia, following a call for submissions from food industry stakeholders by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. At the time, stakeholders were encouraged to provide commentary on proposed changes to country of origin labeling for food in Australia prior to the 29 January 2016 deadline.
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