What claims can my business make about the origin of our products?
The types of country of origin claims that may be made about products vary. It is up to you to determine what kind of claim you can make.
If you choose to make an origin claim, the ACL says you can safely make the following claims if you satisfy the below criteria.
You can confidently say something was grown in a country if all of the significant ingredients or components were grown in the country and all (or virtually all) of the processing occurred in that same country. Something is ‘grown’ if it:
- materially increased in size in the country claimed (e.g. a mango grown on a tree or a tree grown from a seedling)
- was germinated in that country (e.g. onions or growing of wheat from seed)
- was harvested or extracted from something grown in that country (e.g. chickens’ eggs, cow’s milk or wool from a sheep).
The ACL says that you can claim to have produced something in a country if all of the significant ingredients or components were grown or originated in the named country and all (or virtually all) of the processing occurred there too.
This claim often overlaps with ‘grown in’. The main differences between the 2 claims are that ‘product of’ is:
- often used for more processed products (e.g. canned foods, clothing or textiles)
- wider in scope as it captures products that originate in a country but are not technically ‘grown’ there (e.g. water or salt).
Under the ACL, you can safely claim that your product was ‘made in' a particular country if it underwent its last substantial transformation in the country named.
Note: Food products that cannot claim to have been grown, produced or made in a single country must be labelled with information about the country it was 'packed in'.