Country of origin

A food label should always contain information about the country or countries where the food was grown, manufactured or packaged.

What is country of origin labelling?

Country of origin labelling tells us the country, or countries, where a food is grown, manufactured or packaged.

All packaged food must state whether it was made from imported or local produce, or a mixture of both.

Some unpackaged food, including fresh and processed fish, pork, beef, sheep and chicken mince, fruit and vegetables, must also display a country of origin label.

These labels can only be used if the key ingredients in the food originated in Australia and the food is manufactured in Australia:

  • Product of Australia
  • Produced in Australia
  • Produce of Australia

These labels can only be used if the food has been significantly changed or processed in Australia and at least 50% of the cost of production has been incurred in Australia:

  • Made in Australia
  • Manufactured in Australia

From 1 July 2016 the Australian Government is introducing new food labels to make it clearer where the products you buy are produced, grown, made or packed.

Businesses have 2 years to change their labels before the new laws take effect on 1 July 2018. Some businesses are already using the new labelling system, which will be administered under Australian Consumer Law and no longer be a requirement under the Food Standards Code.