Labels or fables? Labelling laws must change
Posted on Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Federal Member for Pearce, the Hon Judi Moylan MP, has called on the Government to immediately act to ensure that all food products can be traced back to their origin.
Mrs Moylan said moves should also be made to label all food products correctly and ensure that retailers are forced to comply with those rules.
“The issue of country of origin labelling has been bubbling in the background of the federal government farm lobby group’s media discussion for some time now, but last year, rather dramatically, it was thrust back into the national spotlight with the melamine in food tragedy,” Mrs Moylan said.
“Months ago the federal government promised an overhaul of its country of origin labelling laws.
“We are yet to see any action. Once again, the government has proved that it is all about spin rather than substance.”
In the thick of this debate and sometimes overlooked are growers who, Mrs Moylan said, are the people who supply the fresh, clean, healthy produce our country is known and respected for.
However, they are the ones being sold out due to lack of food accountability and truth in labelling. Many of these growers reside in the electorate of Pearce.
“Personally, I share the views of growers and grower bodies that this potentially dangerous situation, which has been going on since last year, could have been avoided if the government had approved clearer and simpler country of origin labelling for processed food and enforced the compliance of these labels for fresh food.”