Thursday, 9 February 2017
Questions without Notice
The government has launched an information and education campaign, which now that the bill has passed will recommence. This campaign will raise awareness with consumers and industry. Food manufacturers in Australia, importers and trading partners, food retailers and the packaging industry are all being targeted to ensure they are aware of the changes in country-of-origin labelling. We also recognise that there is more to be done.
The assistant minister, the Hon. Craig Laundy, is leading a working group looking at options around country-of-origin labelling for seafood. The assistant minister has written to key stakeholders seeking their views and further information on this issue. The working group will then review this information and consider next steps. The government is also working with food businesses to examine mechanisms for improving the digital infrastructure of the food industry over time. This cooperation recognises that improving those systems will help speed up the transition to the digital disclosure of ingredient information.