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Country of origin labelling

Page last updated May 2021. 

The Australian Government introduced a country of origin food labelling system under Australian Consumer Law on 1 July 2016.

This became mandatory on 1 July 2018. The Food Standards Code was amended through Proposal P1041 on 1 July 2018 to remove its country of origin labelling requirements.

Information about the country of origin food labelling system is available on the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources website.

General information about country of origin labelling is available from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website.​​

Does country of origin labelling apply in New Zealand?

Country of origin labelling is currently voluntary in New Zealand and suppliers may choose not to display this information. There is an exception for grape wine, which must be labelled with its country or countries of origin. When suppliers do provide country of origin information, it must be accurate.

Country of origin labelling of certain foods will however, be required from 12 February 2022. Information about these new requirements is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment website.  

All food must be labelled with the contact details of the food supplier in New Zealand or Australia, so you can contact the supplier and ask for details about the food. 

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