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Grown here or overseas? Food labelling reforms to begin July 2016
On 31 March 2016, the Federal Government’s proposed country of origin labelling reforms were accepted by Federal, State and Territory ministers.
The new labelling requirements apply to food for retail sale only, and therefore are not applicable to food sold in cafes, restaurants, schools etc.
The reforms were developed in response to the contaminated berry scandal in 2015, where numerous Australians contracted Hepatitis A after allegedly eating berries grown overseas (but labelled as packaged in Australia or New Zealand).
The changes aim to make it clear to consumers where food is actually produced, instead of reflecting the location where it is ultimately packaged.