Government to review food labelling laws

Government to review food labelling laws

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called on two cabinet ministers to prepare a report on country of origin food labelling laws .

It comes as an outbreak of hepatitis A has been linked to frozen berries,  imported from China.

Agriculture Minister Barnarby Joyce and Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane will be the two who prepare the submission.

But Mr Abbott has reiterated the government will not restrict business.

“Obviously, we do need regulation, but it’s got to be efficient and effective regulation,” he said.
“The people of Australia want better country-of-origin labelling and this government is determined to deliver it to them.”
Mr Macfarlane has also warned changes to food labelling will come at a cost.
“But those changes have to be made if consumers are to have the information they need on their food products,” he said.
The Greens have welcomed the review, with Senator Christine Milne calling on the government to act as soon as possible.
Federal Cabinet is expected to consider the Joyce-Macfarlane submission in March.

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