Media Release

Final days to have your say on country of origin labelling for food

1 May 2014

Joint media release

The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for Agriculture
The Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry


There are two days to go to have your say on country of origin labelling for food, with the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture and Industry Inquiry accepting submissions until COB Friday 2 May 2014.

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said feedback from manufacturers, producers and consumers was an important part of the review process relating to country of origin labelling.

"Food processing is an important sector of Australia’s manufacturing industry, where Australian companies are supplying both domestic and international markets," Mr Macfarlane said.

"Australian food processors have a reputation for high quality and high standards, and just as this is an important competitive edge for our food products which are exported, it is equally as relevant to local consumers here in Australia."

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the committee was interested in hearing from people who are concerned about country of origin labelling for food, or indeed have any ideas or suggestions to improve the current system.

"I know many people are trying to buy Australian produce when they shop, and that there is confusion out there about labels and what ‘Made in Australia’ truly means," Minister Joyce said.

"I look for Australian products when in the supermarket – and I encourage others to do the same so we can all look forward to years of quality Australian goods on our supermarket shelves.

"It’s obvious that consumers should be able to determine the source of the food they buy. Food labels give consumers the advice they need about what they buy and eat.

"I know some of the submissions we've received to the White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness have been about country of origin labelling for food – clearly it’s an issue for consumers and also for our farmers.

"Parliamentary committees are an important part of the parliamentary process and making sure that people are able to give their views and ideas," Minister Joyce said.

Further details about how to make a submission can be obtained from the Committee’s website at: www.aph.gov.au/agind.