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2010-2011-2012-2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2013

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, item 4, page 3 (line 22), omit “(3)”, substitute “(2)”.

[consequential; labelling requirements]

(2)     Schedule 1, item 4, page 4 (lines 8 to 10), omit subsection 137A(2).

[consequential; labelling requirements]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 4, page 4 (line 11) to page 5 (line 6), omit subsection (3) (including the table and notes), substitute:

             (2)  The country of origin labelling requirements are set out in the following table:

 

Country of origin labelling requirements

Item

Food

Labelling requirements that apply

1.

Packaged food:

(a) that is wholly manufactured, or processed, in a particular country; and

(b) where all the significant ingredients of the food are grown in a particular country.

The food must be labelled so that:

(a) the identity of the country in which the food is manufactured and grown is clear; and

(b) the label includes the term “Product of” or “Produce of” the country to which paragraph (a) applies.

2.

Packaged food:

(a) that is substantially transformed in a particular country by way of processing; and

(b) where at least 50% of the total cost of processing the food is incurred in a particular country; and

(c) that is not covered by item 1 of this table.

The food must be labelled so that:

(a) the identity of the country in which the food was manufactured is clear; and

(b) the label includes the term “Manufactured in” the country to which paragraph (a) applies.

3.

Packaged food that is:

(a) processed in a particular country; and

(b) not covered by items 1 or 2 of this table.

The food must be labelled so that:

(a) the identity of the country in which the food was processed is clear; and

(b) the label includes the term “Packaged in” the country to which paragraph (a) applies.

4.

Packaged food that:

(a) is covered by items 1, 2 or 3 of this table; and

(b) contains one or more significant ingredients that are grown or produced in a particular country.

The food may be labelled in a way that highlights the significant ingredient(s) (see Note 2 below).

5.

Unpackaged food that is grown in a particular country.

The display must be labelled as follows:

(a) there must be a label on or in connection with the display; and

(b) the identity of the country in which the food was grown is clear; and

(c) the label includes the term “Grown in”, “Product of” or “Produce of” the country to which paragraph (b) applies.

 

6.

Unpackaged food that is:

(a) displayed for retail sale; and

(b) not covered by item 5 of this table.

The display must be labelled as follows:

(a) there must be a label on or in connection with the display; and

(b) there must be a statement on the label that:

(i) identifies the country or countries of origin of the food; or

(ii) indicates that the food is local food, imported food or a mix of local and imported food, as the case may be.

Note 1:       The meaning of substantially transformed will be set out in a regulation made pursuant to this Act: see subsection (3).

Note 2:       An Australian based chocolate manufacturer that uses Australian produced milk as a significant ingredient in their chocolate may choose to label the chocolate with “Manufactured in Australia from Australian milk”: see item 4 of the table.

[main amendment; labelling requirements]

(4)     Schedule 1, item 4, page 6 (lines 1 to 5), omit subsection 137A(4).

[consequential; labelling requirements]

(5)     Schedule 1, item 4, page 6 (line 7), omit “(5)”, substitute “(3)”.

[consequential; labelling requirements]

(6)     Schedule 1, item 4, page 6 (line 14), omit “(6)”, substitute “(4)”.

[consequential; labelling requirements]

(7)     Schedule 1, item 4, page 6 (line 15), omit “(5)”, substitute “(3)”.

[consequential; labelling requirements]

(8)     Schedule 1, item 4, page 6 (line 31), omit “(7)”, substitute “(5)”.

[consequential; labelling requirements]

(9)     Schedule 1, item 16, page 12 (lines 9 to 15), TO BE OPPOSED .

[consequential; labelling requirements]



 

 

 

2013

 

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2013

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTARY EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

Amendments to be moved by Senator Christine Milne

 

 

 

Explanation of Amendments

 

Amendment 3 amends Section 137A of Schedule 1 to the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2013 to revise the country of origin requirements for food, specifically to ensure that the new labelling definitions and requirements apply to all food sold for retail purposes in Australia. 

 

Amendments 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 8 and 9 are consequential to Amendment 3.

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of Senator Christine Milne)