CoOL information forums for food

As previously advised, the Department of Industry Innovation and Science, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, will be conducting information forums to educate businesses on the CoOL reforms for food. The forums will be held in capital cities and major regional centres during March 2017. 

The forums will primarily target small and medium businesses that work in food production, wholesaling, retailing, importing and related industries such as printing and packaging. They are designed to help businesses understand the new labels, including the requirements that need to be met to make ‘grown in’/’product of’/’made in’ claims and how to determine the proportion of Australian ingredients. The forums will also include a demonstration of the online tool which can be used to help identify appropriate labels for food products. 

The forums will be held in the following locations:

Capital Cities

Darwin                                      Wednesday 15 March (am)

Perth                                        Thursday 16 March (am)

Adelaide                                   Friday 17 March (am)

Brisbane                                   Wednesday 22 March (am)

Sydney                                     Friday 24 March (am)

Hobart                                      Wednesday 22 March (am)

Melbourne (CBD)                      Tuesday 28 March (pm)

Melbourne (Dandenong)            Tuesday 28 March (am)

 

Regional Centres

Launceston                               Tuesday 21 March (am)

Townsville                                 Tuesday 21 March (am)

Albury                                       Thursday 23 March (am)

Armidale                                   Thursday 23 March (am)

Shepparton                               Thursday 23 March (am)

Toowoomba                              Thursday 23 March (am)

 

Each forum will take approximately two hours followed by time for informal discussions.  For further details and to register, please visit www.business.gov.au/FoodLabellingForums.

We encourage you to attend and to pass this information on to others who may be interested. 

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Act 2017

The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Act 2017 has been passed by Parliament and come into effect. The Act simplifies the tests to justify a country of origin ‘made in’ claim by clarifying what substantial transformation means and removing the onerous 50 per cent production cost test. This means that businesses producing goods such as medicines, food, textiles, clothing and footwear will find the criteria for using a ‘made in’ claim clearer and simpler. Food businesses will only need to consider the proportion of local and imported ingredients by ingoing weight, not value, when making origin statements. Other businesses will no longer have to recalculate the relative shares of imported and local content to support their origin claim. 

The Act also creates a new safe harbour defence for products labelled in accordance with Information Standards, such as the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016. Complying with these defences will assure businesses that their country of origin claims are not false or misleading under the Australian Consumer Law. 

For more information on the country of origin labelling for food, please visit: www.business.gov.au/foodlabels . For specific queries about the requirements, you can contact us on 13 28 46 or via the online enquiry from at www.business.gov.au/Forms/Email-us