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Country of Origin Food Labelling needed

Country of Origin Food Labelling needed


New Zealanders want to know where there food comes from to enable them to make informed choices about what they are eating, the Green Party said today.

Green MP Steffan Browning has lodged an amendment to the Food Bill, being debated in Parliament today, that replicates his Members Bill, to introduce mandatory Country of Origin Food Labelling. The amendment would ensure that New Zealanders could know where single component foods, like fresh fruit, meat, veges, nuts and grains, came from. It would also require monitoring and enforcement of the labelling regime.

“Australia already has Country of Origin Food Labelling, and we should too,” said Green Party MP Steffan Browning.

“The Green Party has been pushing for Country of Origin Labelling for a long time. In 2007, former Green MP Sue Kedgley lodged a petition of 38,000 New Zealanders calling for mandatory Country of Origin Labelling of our food.

“It’s great to see Labour now supporting this initiative.

“We already have Country of Origin Labelling for our clothes; New Zealanders deserve to know where the food they are eating comes from,” said Mr Browning.

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