I am very much pleased to present this proposal to the Department of Food Security as required by the Cabinet meeting dated: 5 May, 2015.
This proposal has been prepared pursuant to needs of Food Security Department approved by the Joint Committee of Labeling laws for Food Products.
This report includes all the analysis that is done on the current labeling needs of the country. The purpose is to protect the local consumers and producers from any sort of negative influence caused by imported food products and to enable the consumers to make informed decisions regarding the product that they buy.
As far as the Australian food standards are concerned, these are remarkable due to the factor that Australian food is manufactured keeping in view the standards that are perceived to be of highest level in the entire world (Radimer & Radimer, 2002). Therefore, Australian food products easily compete with those of foreign origin. There are less regulations regarding environmental and health concerns in majority of trade partners of Australia and this factor serves to make Australian products more desirable ones not only for residents of Australia but also for those demanding high quality food products in other countries of the world.
This proposal is not forwarded to motivate public not to buy imported food, rather the objective is to give Australian farmers and food traders a single label that protect their rights and benefits and enable them to earn reasonable levels of profit (Pauly et al, 2005).Tangible end benefits will be ensured by this law and these benefits will surely contribute to increase the living standard being enjoyed by Australian farmers. It is very important to state on the packaging if the product is 100% of some other country. It is very desirable to state the country of origin but there are some products that are complicated in nature that is it is extremely hard to state because the ingredients involved in the product are mixed and belong to several different countries.