Changes to food labelling laws are here
Monday, April 18, 2016
Changes to food labelling laws are here.
From 1 July 2016, the Australian Government will be incorporating the Australian Made, Australian Grown kangaroo logo into a new country of origin label, which will be mandatory for most Australian food products sold in Australia.
Businesses will have two years from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018 to comply with the new requirements. Any labels applied to food products after this date will need to comply with new country of origin labelling requirements.
Australian food products sold domestically will no longer be able to use the Australian Made, Australian Grown certification trade mark as a standalone country of origin symbol.
From 1 July 2016, the Australian Made Campaign will no longer issue new licences for food products to use the logo as a country of origin certification trade mark in Australia.
AMCL will continue to renew existing licences during the two-year transition period until businesses adopt the new labels.
It is important to note that the new labelling requirements are not mandated for exported food products. Businesses wishing to use the AMAG logo on exported food have the option of using the new labels or using the logo under a licence with AMCL.
The Australian Government will be funding the ACCC to manage compliance of the new country-of-origin labels for food products.
The Australian Made Campaign will continue to administer and promote the Australian Made, Australian Grown logo as a voluntary country of origin certification trade mark for all other types of products, exported food (where applicable), and for use as a marketing tool in a corporate capacity. The process for obtaining a licence to use the logo from AMCL will remain the same.
For more information on AMCL’s voluntary certification scheme for all products except food sold in Australia, visit www.australianmade.com.au/for-business.
For more information on the Australian Government’s new mandatory country-of-origin labels, visit www.industry.gov.au/cool, www.foodlabels.industry.gov.au. Businesses should also visit www.business.gov.au/foodlabels.
Download Food Labelling Brochure