Country of Origin food labelling

A guide to assist businesses to comply with the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016. The Standard commenced on 1 July and will have a two year transition period.

This guide is current as of 1 July 2016 and will be updated during the transition period to incorporate relevant  changes to the law. The guide:

  • will help businesses to identify whether they need to comply with the Standard
  • sets out the labelling requirements for priority and non-priority foods
  • explains how businesses must work out the percentage, by weight, of Australian ingredients in a food
  • outlines the basic principles for how labels should look on food products
  • outlines the ACL’s requirements regarding making clear and accurate origin claims.

This publication is currently under review. Please be aware the Information Standard has now been amended by the Country of Origin Food Labelling Amendment (Packed in Australia) Information Standard 2016.

The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Bill 2016 to amend the ACL’s safe harbour defences is also currently before the Senate. Notably, the Bill puts forward a new definition of ‘substantial transformation’ in relation to ‘made in’ claims.