The Minister for Business Services and Consumers John Rau has welcomed new measures to provide clearer information to South Australians about the country of origin of food products.
“When South Australians do their grocery shopping, they have a right to know exactly what they are buying and where it comes from,” Mr Rau said.
“The new Country of Origin Fact Sheet provides consumers with advice on how to decode the various claims such as ‘Made in Australia’, ‘Product of Australia’ and ‘Grown in Australia’.
“Australians are quite rightly proud of the great food we produce and some people are willing pay a premium for an Australian product.
“The new guide will help consumers make more informed decisions when purchasing food and help them to support local producers.”
The country of origin fact sheet was developed by the Commonwealth, State and Territory consumer protection agencies, on the back of the Legislative and Governance Forum on Consumer Affairs held in Adelaide earlier this year.
“South Australia put this issue on the national agenda, so it is good to see a national approach to this issue and others that address consumer concerns,” Mr Rau said.
The Minister has also welcomed a new buying guide for consumers which provides information about the different grades of olive oil products as well as advice on storage.
The country of origin fact sheet and the olive oil buying guide are available on the Consumer and Business Services website, www.cbs.sa.gov.au.