It will now be easier for South Australians to know where the food they buy comes from, as Business Services and Consumers Minister John Rau approved new measures that will give clearer information about the country of origin of food products.
“When South Australians do their grocery shopping they have a right to know exactly what they are buying and where it comes from,” Rau said.
The new Country of Origin Fact Sheet, created by Commonwelath, State and Territory consumer protection agencies, will guide consumers in verifying claims like “Made in Australia”, “Product of Australia” and “Grown in Australia,” the minister said.
According to Mr Rau, Australians take pride in the great food the country produces and that some do not mind paying a premium for an Australian product. “The new guide will help consumers make more informed decisions when purchasing food and help them to support local producers.”
“South Australia put this issue on the national agenda, so it is good to see a national approach to this issue and others that address consumer concerns,” Rau said.
Another buying guide that received the nod from the minister is one that provides information about the different grades of olive oil products as well advice on storage.
These guides are available on the Consumer and Business Services website, www.cbs.sa.gov.au.