New Government Urged To Make Country Of Origin Labelling A Priority
Press Release: Harrington's Smallgoods
via Scoop - 16 November 2020 (New Zealand)
David Clark, the new Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, is being urged to make Country of Origin labelling regulations a priority for the new Government and bring forward both the release of the recommended regulations and the commencement date.
The Consumer Information Standards (Origin of Food) Regulations 2019 aim to provide consumers with clarity about where their food is from, currently including bacon and ham. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment advised the new labelling requirements were delayed due to Covid-19. The recommended regulations are now due by 4 June 2021, commencing in December 2021, meaning an up to 12-month delay.
Angus Black, of Harrington’s Smallgoods, says at a time when the Government is encouraging people to buy and support local, consumers remain none the wiser about the origin of their processed pork products.
“Overseas, African Swine Fever continues its inexorable spread globally, as a pig-specific pandemic, and is causing greater concern within the market. Our local farmers are also contending with the impacts of the Covid-19 restrictions and were hit particularly hard when the hospitality sector was closed, and butchers were unable to trade.
“Bringing forward the labelling recommendations will enable consumers to identify and buy local pork easily; supporting the New Zealand industry, increasing demand for local pork, and reducing the risks which come with importing pork from countries dealing with African Swine Fever,” says Angus Black.
Harrington’s Smallgoods has submitted and provided feedback on the Consumer’s Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Act at each stage. It has also written to the new Minister, asking him to make the new regulations a priority.
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