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Labels to reveal if food is grown in Aust

Labels to reveal if food is grown in Aust

New labels will carry more information about the origins of food, including whether ingredients have been grown or produced in Australia, as of July 1.

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By AAP 30.06.2018 10:29 AM

Consumers will have more information about whether their food is grown or produced in Australia after a new food labelling system comes into effect on the weekend.

As of July 1, manufacturers must comply with a new standard for food labels which will include more detail about where ingredients are sourced.

New labels will fall into four categories: 'Grown in', 'Produced in', 'Made in', and 'Packed in'.

They will either feature a simple text statement, or a mark that includes a kangaroo logo, accompanying text and a gold chart, which will show the percentage of ingredients sourced in Australia.

Food packaged and labelled on or before June 30 can still be sold without the new labels after that date.

The consumer watchdog has warned businesses they will check 10,000 food products to make sure they comply with the law.

"We have people on the ground to carry out these inspections and will initially focus on fresh or short shelf products sold by supermarkets, both large and small," ACCC Deputy Chair Mick Keogh said in a statement.

"We will raise concerns with businesses where we believe there is an issue with country of origin labelling. As always, we are able to escalate cases which warrant stronger action."

While the laws come into effect on Sunday, manufacturers have had two years to adjust to the change as the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard commenced in 2016.

The labels will be mandatory on food sold in stores, markets, online and from a vending machine, with exemptions on items such as unpackaged items, foods sold in restaurants and items to be exported.

While all other foods must carry a country of origin label, there are different requirements for foods classified as non-priority, including seasonings, confectionary, snack foods, soft drinks, alcohol and bottled water.

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