Food Confusion- Product of Government Incompetence
Posted on Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Purchasing locally grown produce has been made increasingly difficult due to the Federal Government’s poor country-of-origin food labelling system, the Hon Judi Moylan MP, Federal Member for Pearce said.
The Government promised to overhaul its country-of-origin labelling laws and months later the truth in labelling is still hidden, customers deserve to know the source of their fresh produce.
“Clean, fresh local produce is now more important than ever, just look at the recent Chinese milk scandal,” Mrs Moylan said.
“Local produce tops competitors on many levels, in regards to fruit and vegetables strict quality assurance measures, as well as audits of chemical use, are imposed on Australian growers and this is not necessarily the case overseas.”
“Some local producers advise me the same tough rules do not always apply, nor are they enforced with the same rigour on suppliers from other countries.”
Mrs Moylan threw her support behind Vegetables WA and their Executive Officer, Jim Turley’s call for an urgent Government review of country-of-origin labelling laws.
“Consumers need to be able to easily differentiate between imported and local produce,” she said.
“Fresh fruit and vegetables are an essential ingredient in a healthy diet and, on the other hand, eating Western Australian produce is a step securing the future of local growers.”