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Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Page: 3371

Food Labelling

(Question No. 924)


Mr Zappia asked the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, in writing, on 15 February 2018:

Did his department take action in 2016-17 against any food importer for providing incorrect information on their food labels; if so, (a) in how many cases was action taken, and (b) what was the nature of the action taken.


Mr Littleproud : The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Yes.

(a) Approximately 1,516 consignments were identified that did not comply with Australian food standards for labelling;

(b) The specific action taken with the non-compliant food may vary between the consignments and include one of the following - relabelling to comply with Australian standards, supervised destruction or export from Australia. In addition, regardless of the action taken with the non-compliant food, future consignments of similar food imported by that food business were subject to an increased rate of inspection by the department to verify ongoing compliance with Australian food standards.