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Consumers have a right to know if produce is imported.



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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing

6 May 2005

Consumers have a right to know if produce is imported

The Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Christopher Pyne, has welcomed the media and public interest in the development of new food labelling regulations.

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The Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Christopher Pyne, has today welcomed the media and public interest in the development of new food labelling regulations.

"Food Standards Australia New Zealand is in the process of developing a food standard to regulate Country of Origin Labelling to replace temporary provisions in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code," he said.

"Currently the code requires there must be identification of the country of origin on imported unpackaged food or indication that the food is imported.

"The Australian Government will be working to ensure that the labelling requirement for imported unpackaged foods will not be diluted in any way.

"We continue to support the mandatory labelling of imported produce. Consumers have the right to know when they are buying imported produce.

"The government welcomes discussion on these regulations. Public consultation is a key part of the process for developing food standards. Food regulation may be driven by government, but its outcomes affect us all," he said.

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