The NSW Farmers Association is pleased that the Australian Government has passed the final tranche of Country of Origin Labeling laws through parliament.
NSW Farmers has lobbied extensively on behalf of industry to amend the laws in order to provide Australian families with appropriate information in a clear and understandable way.
Australian farmers have high standards focussed on producing quality food.
The new laws will allow manufacturers to accurately reflect this information and will further encourage manufacturers, and consumers, to source local produce.
The new laws will specifically:
- alter the definition of ‘substantial transformation’ and make it clear that minor processes do not count as substantial transformation;
- clarify the ‘made in’ claim and remove ‘Made in Australia from local and imported ingredients’;
- include new labels that show a kangaroo in a triangle to state the food is manufactured, produced, packaged or grown in Australia; and
- include a bar chart indicating the proportion of Australian ingredients.
Businesses have a two year transition period to the new laws, with many businesses already having begun changing their labels. An online tool is available to assist businesses in adopting the new labels.
Upper Lachlan Farmers Association AGM in Crookwell
The Upper Lachlan branch of the NSW Farmers Association will be holding their AGM on Thursday March 9 from 5 pm at the Crown Theatre, Crookwell.
Alex Crosbie from SafeWork NSW will be their special guest and will be on hand to give attendees information about how they can claim up to $500 rebate on Quad Bike safety improvements, through the SafeWork Quad Bike improvement project.
Your attendance at the meeting will qualify you for this rebate, as well as the $500 small business rebate available through SafeWork NSW.
There will be an election of office bearers and if you are interested in joining the group or just want to go along to listen or raise concerns contact David Banham Regional Services Manager - Southern 0428 411 221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner will be provided at the conclusion of the meeting for all attendees.