The Australian Made Campaign has welcomed the finding by the Anti-Dumping Commission that more than half of all imported processed tomatoes from Italy have been illegally dumped. The Commission also imposed dumping penalties on the offending agencies.
A not-for-profit organisation, the Australian Made Campaign administers and promotes the Australian Made, Australian Grown logo, Australia’s only registered country-of-origin certification trademark.
Australian Made Chief Executive, Ian Harrison urged the media to publicise the Commission’s finding widely to increase awareness among Australian consumers.
Observing that significant damage is being done in the marketplace to companies such as SPC Ardmona, which processes genuine Aussie produce grown by genuine Aussie farmers, Mr Harrison described illegal dumping as just another form of cheating.
He explains that consumers have the ultimate say in what they purchase, and there are consequences if imported products are increasingly purchased over great Australian produce, including further job losses and problems for Australian farming communities.
Consumers should look for the green-and-gold Australian Made and Australian kangaroo logos to be sure what they are buying has genuinely been made or grown in Australia.