Tasmanian producers could benefit from greater honesty in food labelling if a bill to be introduced in the parliament today by Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne is passed.
"Tasmanian food producers have carved a niche for themselves domestically and globally for quality, regional goods and that should be protected," Senator Milne said.
"My bill in the parliament will ensure that only Australian grown or produced products can be labelled that way.
"We know Tasmanians want to support local farmers and producers but the current food labelling rules are just too confusing.
"The changes would mean consumers will be able to identify whether products are Australian grown or manufactured, and the misleading claims like "made from local and imported ingredients" would be prohibited.
"The changes would also encourage companies to highlight local ingredients in their labels.
"My labelling proposals are the result of extensive consultation with consumer groups, manufacturers and farmers, it's been through a Senate inquiry and amended to cover concerns about its operation," Senator Milne said.
The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2015 extends country of origin labelling to all food for retail sale and simplifies labelling to just three allowable claims:
· Product of or Grown in Australia;
· Manufactured in Australia; and
· Packaged in Australia.