Kim Chance

Kim Chance

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; the Mid West and Wheatbelt; Great Southern

    New regulations introduced for packaged foods

    19/12/2007 8:38 PM
     
    19/12/07

    Agriculture and Food Minister Kim Chance today announced that new regulations providing consumers with information on the country or countries where food is grown, manufactured or packaged came into effect this month for packaged foods.

    The Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) regulations were officially introduced nationally as Standard 1.2.11 of the Food Standards Code on December 8, 2005.

    Mr Chance said the State Government had already adopted the Federal regulations for CoOL, part of the Food Standards Code, for unpackaged foods in June 2006, and this month’s announcement related to requirements for packaged food products.

    “The State Government has been working with the food industry on implementation of these new regulations since 2005,” he said.

    “These labelling requirements have now become law for both unpackaged and packaged foods.

    “It is important that businesses comply with the new regulations, which will enable consumers to make an informed choice and provide consumers with an opportunity to support the local food industry when buying groceries.”

    The Minister said consumers should be looking out in supermarkets for a statement on packaged products indicating the country of origin, and for unpackaged foods either a label on, or in connection with, the product.

    “Consumers may still see some packaged food products on shelf that do not comply with the new CoOL requirements, as the Standard allows a 12-month period of grace, until
    December 2008, for compliance of stock to be cleared from shelves,” he said.

    Mr Chance said local government staff was visiting retailers as part of their normal inspection duties to ensure they were complying with the new regulations.

    “Should a consumer have a concern or complaint about non-compliance, they should contact their local government office,” he said.

    A comprehensive user guide for the CoOL Standard can be found on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website http://www.foodstandards.gov.au or a concise brochure can be downloaded from http://www.agric.wa.gov.au ��� and search ’country of origin labelling’.

    Minister's office - 9213 6700