Food Standards Australian New Zealand has amended the Food Standards Code (standard 1.2.11) to extend mandatory country-of-origin labelling to unpackaged beef, sheep and chicken meat. Previously it only applied to pork and seafood.
It also includes a new option to identify the country where packaged food was grown. This means that claims such as ‘Grown in Australia’, already allowed under the Australian Consumer Law, may now also be used on food products.
The changes come into effect on 18 July 2013.
For more information visit http://www.comlaw.gov.au/.