Farmers Back Push To Bolster Country Of Origin Food Labelling

by 5m Editor
3 May 2006, at 12:00am

AUSTRALIA - Western Australian farmers have welcomed a Federal Government move to strengthen country of origin labelling for processed foods. Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran is to form a working group to develop a voluntary &#39;Australian Grown&#39; labelling scheme. The group will also examine the Trade Practices Act to ensure greater accuracy in packaged food labelling. It follows a decision last year to strengthen country of origin labelling for fresh fruit and vegetables. WA Farmers Federation president Trevor De Landgrafft says the measures could go even further. &quot;I think state of origin labelling is something that&#39;ll come later on, it&#39;ll be a voluntary code,&quot; he said. &quot;But that&#39;s probably the ultimate and that&#39;s how it&#39;ll affect Western Australian producers but I think Australian producers are going to benefit significantly from country of origin and just truth in labelling.&quot; Mr De Landgrafft says the new labels must differentiate between Australian produce and food that is simply packaged or processed in Australia. <i>Source:</i>

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