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Country of origin labelling on the table

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THE Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council will consider the final country of origin labelling proposal at a meeting in Sydney on October 28.

“I will be pursing closer identification of the origins of unpackaged imported foods and would encourage the state governments to do the same at the ministerial council,” parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Christopher Pyne said.

“This is a matter of ensuring consumer choice. It is important that consumers can buy food confidently, knowing whether it’s home grown Australian produce or imported produce.”

“A final assessment report will be considered by the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) board at the end of September and then be provided to the ministerial council for discussion at their meeting in October.”

“Before finalising this report FSANZ will be consulting again with consumers, growers, retailers and food manufacturers. I urge any interested parties to register with FSANZ to make sure that they receive their copy of the discussion paper.”

Consultation on the discussion paper will be from 10 August until 2 September 2005. Interested parties can register by contacting the FSANZ standards liaison officer.

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