Senate debates

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Questions without Notice

Food Labelling

2:41 pm

Photo of Arthur SinodinosArthur Sinodinos (NSW, Liberal Party, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science) Share this | Hansard source

These country-of-origin-labelling reforms are not just about labelling. We are also going to be removing some of the regulatory burden on industry. The passage of the legislation will make it easier for businesses to determine the correct country-of-origin claim for their product. We are going to simplify and clarify the country-of-origin safe harbour defences. That means that, if a business claims a country-of-origin on a product and defence requirements are met, it will be safe from allegations that the claim is false or misleading.

The bill also removed the 50 per cent production cost test, which was impractical for business and confused consumers as it allowed the cost of packaging to alter the origin of the goods. The definition of 'substantial transformation' is often confusing for consumers and businesses. The bill amended this definition so that it better aligns with consumer expectations and international norms. We are also providing clear guidance material, including through the ACCC. (Time expired)


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