Australian Made backs seafood labelling

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The Australian Made Campaign has welcomed new recommendations by the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee to extend the country of origin labelling of seafood to restaurants and fast food outlets in all states and territories.

Ian Harrison,  Australian Made CEO, said the country of origin food labelling legislation has been in place in retailing for a long time now, and it makes sense for this to be extended to food service.

“Australia faces increasing competition in the seafood industry, so it important that consumers be able to readily identify where the produce they buy is sourced from. When consumers purchase Australian seafood they are supporting local jobs and local communities,” Harrison said.

The Committee has recommended that the restaurant and catering industry should have 12 months to transition to the new arrangement.

The kangaroo logo’s ‘Australian Seafood’ descriptor was launched in 2011 in conjunction with the fishing and aquaculture sectors, with the support of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, to give consumers reliable information about where their seafood comes from.

“It clearly brands and identifies local seafood, and we look forward to seeing it used more extensively in the foodservice industries following the implementation of these recommendations,”Harrison said.

“All fresh and processed seafood carrying the logo must be caught and processed entirely in Australia.

“Labelling requirements should be clear, straightforward, and above all consistent.”

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