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AU: New food labels should go further than country of origin

The Conversation: Australia’s new country of origin food labelling laws come into effect on July 1, 2016. The new labels will indicate if food is grown or made in Australia and the proportion of Australian ingredients.

The government has justified the new laws on the basis of the consumer’s right to know where their food is grown and processed. The immediate event that led to the current laws was public concern over the safety of imported frozen berries. The new labels will make it clearer where food is produced, grown, made and packed. So why stop at country of origin? Consumers also have a right to information on the environmental impacts and ethical consequences of their food choices.

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