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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The department works with key stakeholders to develop food regulatory policy.

A list of current activities undertaken across the food regulatory system is maintained on the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation website.

New rules for country of origin labelling

Reforms to country of origin labelling commenced on 1 July 2016 and are mandatory as of 1 July 2018. An Information Standard under Australian Consumer Law sets out the new country of origin labelling requirements for food sold in Australia. Under this Information Standard, businesses had until 30 June 2018 to transition to the new arrangements and current stock in trade can see out its shelf life.

Further information for businesses is available at business.gov.au/foodlabels.

Further information for consumers is available at www.foodlabels.industry.gov.au, as well as from the ACCC website.

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