News

Australian Made or Made in Australia

MORE than 95 per cent of consumers do not know that when they buy food marked 'Australian Made', they could be buying food that has been grown overseas, according to a policy officer for Queensland's biggest horticultural group.

Australia's food labelling laws have again come under fire in a submission to an ongoing Senate Committee inquiry into the nation's food processing sector.

The submission, by Queensland vegetable and fruit growing group Growcom, said that as long as an imported food was 'substantially transformed' on Australian shores, with re-packing costs exceeding 50 per cent of the total product cost, it could be labelled Australian Made.

Growcom policy advisor Troy Reeves said there was a "sleight of hand situation" in food labelling in Australia, where manufacturing companies calling repacked overseas foods Australian made - a term he says consumers often assume means the food was produced in Australia.

"Australia has the highest national minimum wage, so the processors and manufacturers don't need to do much to incur 50 per cent of their product costs by simply re-canning or packaging foods, and then they can label the product Australian Made.

"One of the problems we face is that some people take our concerns to be that we're xenophobic, which we're not.

"But we do think that labelling a product that has been grown and largely produced overseas Australian is misleading.

"We're not against foreign imports, but we do think Australian consumers should know the truth and be able to make the decision themselves."

In addition to the current Select Committee inquiry, last year an independent review by former Health Minister Neal Blewett of the nation's food labelling laws was completed, recommending many changes to the current system.

While the Blewett Report recommended a new framework for food labelling be created for country or origin claims, the government responded saying it did not support the recommendation.

The government's response said the Australian Made or Made in Australia claims gave recognition to the nation's manufacturing sector.

But the response did say that it would recommend the nation's consumer protection agency to review the Country of Origin labelling materials, and develop an education program to clarify the terms "if appropriate".

An update on government action since the Blewett Review was requested yesterday from the lead agency, the Department of Health and Ageing, but no response was received by deadline.

Topics:  growcom



8 things you didn't know you could do at North Straddie

NORTH Stradbroke Island is the perfect getaway whether you plan to stay for a day, a week or even a month.

A whisky-lover's blurprint to Brisbane's best bars

Check out The Gresham for some old-school fine drops.

SCOTCH, Whiskey and Whisky; it all gets a bit confusing.

Your guide to the best Brisbane markets

Enjoy the beautiful offerings of one of Brisbane's many markets.

WHO doesn’t love a good market!?

Ain’t no mountain high enough

No Caption

Brisbane's dishing up the mountain-hiking goods!

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

The Gresham's charm will win you over before your first sip.

THESE are the perfect places to hang this winter.

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

'We'll hunt down Tweed bikie brawl thugs'

A bikie brawl erupted on the Tweed on Wednesday night.

“Bikies think they own turf ... but we won't tolerate turf wars.”

Schapelle Corby in hospital with broken bones

Schapelle Corby

It is not known what hospital she is in or how she broke her leg.

Nature: the best learning tool

Learning by doing makes for the best outcomes as part of the  new Nature Explorers program at Pottsville Community Pre-school.

NATURE EXPLORERS Igniting Learning Naturally

Local Partners

Rapper accidentally drops Banksy's real name in interview

THE shine might just have been taken off bling-toothed British rapper Goldie after he appeared to have revealed the identity of mysterious artist Banksy.

Mariah Carey slammed for on-set antics

Mariah Carey’s cameo in the movie The House was reportedly scrapped.

Actor spills the beans on Mariah’s “borderline abusive” behaviour.

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson dead after long illness

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson has died.

Celebrity chef died after battle with an alcohol-related illness

Ellen shames audience member

Ellen shamed an audience member who stole from her gift shop.

TALK show host catches audience member stealing from her gift shop.

Millionaire’s riches to rags experiment

Businessman Tim Guest swapped his comfortable lifestyle for 10 days to experience what it is like to be homeless.

Businessman discovers harsh realities of homelessness in new series.

Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Britain's Prince Harry.

Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Rebel Wilson to give away her defamation payout

Actor Wilson says she won't keep a cent of her defamation payout

Residents powerless to stop Airbnb ‘party houses’

A photo of a bucks party at a short-term rental in the Watergate Apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands, presented to a Victorian parliamentary committee into changes to laws governing short-stay accommodation.

Residents band together to fight the rise of AirBnB 'party houses'

Mining giants in fight that could spell disaster for NQ town

STAND OFF: There are perfectly good homes for workers, but mining company QCoal could be forced to build a camp and the deserted streets and empty houses of Glenden would remain.

How two mining companies could ruin this small town

Home owners settling to make way for Mackay Ring Road

The Clarkson family's home was moved just down the road from their former land at Stotts Road, Te Kowai, which was resumed by TMR.

But some are still clinging on, fighting for a better deal

Three historic M'boro hotels on the market

The Lamington Hotel Motel, Maryborough. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Three historic Maryborough hotels are on the market.

Renters warned about online real estate scam

The scam ad for a property for rent in Albert Park.

Australian renters have been warned about an elaborate scam

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!