Unpackaged seafood labelling
Country of origin labelling
As of 1 July 2018, the legislative requirements for country of origin labelling become the responsibility of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).
The Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 (the Standard) commenced under Australian Consumer Law on 1 July 2016 and regulates the country of origin information that must be provided for most food offered or suitable for retail sale in Australia. It’s important that you are aware of the obligations imposed by the Standard.
The ACCC has published a range of tools to assist the food industry to comply with the new labelling requirements and these can be found on their website. All queries relating to country of origin labelling, including penalties for noncompliance should be directed to the ACCC
Naming of seafood
Under the Food Act 2003 it is an offence to describe food incorrectly. This includes calling one type of seafood another, more commonly known as seafood substitution.
What names to use for seafood
It is recommended that you use the names in the Australian Fish Names List. This list, which includes names for fish, crustaceans and shellfish, was developed in consultation with industry and government and is maintained by Seafood Services Australia. You can obtain a copy of the seafood names list from:
- Fisheries Research & Development Corporation www.fishnames.com.au or
- call 02 6285 0400
Penalties for non-compliance
Fines for falsely describing seafood range from $660 to $1320. Repeated incorrect naming can also result in penalties of $55,000 for individuals and $275,000 for corporations.