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New country of origin labelling laws passed in Australia

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Another step in delivering sweeping reforms to Australia’s country of origin labelling program was completed with the Coalition Government’s Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Bill 2016 passing through the Senate.

With the passage of this legislation, businesses producing goods like medicines, textiles, clothing and footwear will also find the criteria for using a ‘made in’ claim clearer and simpler.

The reforms also mean businesses will no longer have to recalculate the relative shares of imported and local production to support their origin claim. This will be particularly important when input prices vary or exchange rates change.

Consumers will also welcome the changes that make it clear imported goods cannot be claimed to be made in Australia just because their form or appearance has been changed during local manufacturing.

These reforms greatly enhance the effectiveness of a new Information Standard for country of origin labelling for food that commenced on 1 July 2016.

The Standard introduces new labels for food grown, produced or made in Australia that include the iconic kangaroo logo, together with a bar chart and text to indicate the proportion of Australian ingredients.

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