New Country of Origin Labelling for Foodstuffs Imported from 1 July 2018

For all food importers, the two year transition period to migrate from the country of origin labelling requirements contained within the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 comes to an end on 30 June 2018.

All food packaged up to the 30 June 2018 will be assessed as compliant if it complies with either the Information Standard or the Food Standards Code.

All food packaged from 1 July 2018 must comply with the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016.

The department will be regulating food imported to Australia for compliance with the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 from 1 July 2018. The Imported Food Control Act 1992 has been amended to provide the legislative basis for the department to assess imported food for compliance.

If the imported product was packaged before 1 July 2018 and complied with the Food Standard Code, a manufacturer declaration or a statutory declaration by the importer must be supplied to at the time of entry for our brokers to submit to Imported Foods Department.

The Department will include the following in their assessment of the food labelling:

  • Importers are required to ensure that the food labelling contains a country of origin claim within a box for ‘priority’ food so that this information can be easily found by consumers.

For example:

An example of a box with country of origin information inside.

  • Non priority food also requires a country of origin labelling claim but this does not need to be in a box.

The classification of “priority” and “non- priority “ food can be found in the Country of Origin Food Labelling guide on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website.

  • The food labelling may also show the percentage of Australian-produced content in the imported food.

For example:

An example of a food label with the percentage of australian ingredients.

The Information Standard, which contains many examples of the new labelling for imported foods, is available from the Federal Register of Legislation.

Where food labelling is non-compliant, the products may be either re-labelled, exported or destroyed at the importers expense.

For more information, please visit the Food Standards Australia website at http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/labelling/Pages/default.aspx

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