Is your business prepared for the food product labelling changes?
The new Country of Origin Labelling requirements come into play in less than 12 months – make sure you’re prepared!
Do you grow, produce, manufacture, distribute, import or sell food products? If so, your business has less than 12 months to comply with the new Country of Origin food Labelling requirements.
The two-year transition period commenced in July 2016 and the new labelling requirements are mandatory from 1 July 2018.
What do the new labels mean for your business?
The laws mean:
- Food products sold in Australian supermarkets and other retail outlets must display a label which clearly identifies where the food comes from.
- Labels on most foods grown, produced or made in Australia need to feature the symbol of a kangaroo in a triangle and indicate the percentage of ingredients that are Australian.
- Requirements for using claims like ‘Product of’, ‘Made in’ and ‘Packed in’ have been made clearer.
Resources to help you get it right
There are plenty of tools and information available to help you understand and use the new labels correctly. To help you get it right, you can:
- use the Country of Origin Labelling online tool to help you work out if you need a new label and customise your label
- access the resources available on the Country of Origin food Labelling page including the Style Guide
- go to the Country of Origin Label library to download labels for your food products
- watch the Country of Origin food Labelling tips and traps webinar series from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).