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Consumers have right to know on imports: health official

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PARLIAMENTARY Secretary for Health, Christopher Pyne, has welcomed media and public interest in the development of new food labelling regulations.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is in the process of developing a food standard to regulate Country of Origin Labelling to replace temporary provisions in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code,” he said

“Currently the Code requires there must be identification of the country of origin on imported unpackaged food or indication that the food is imported.

“The Australian Government will be working to ensure that the labelling requirement for imported unpackaged foods will not be diluted in anyway.

“We continue to support the mandatory labelling of imported produce. Consumers have the right to know when they are buying imported produce.

“The Government welcomes discussion on these regulations. Public consultation is a key part of the process for developing food standards. Food regulation may be driven by government, but its outcomes affect us all,” he said.

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