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Is the "Made in Australia" you bought really "Made in Australia"? According to the Australian media "The New Daily" reported on the 11th, in fact, many so-called "Made in Australia" products contain ingredients from overseas, from chocolate to coffee beans, and even Australian prosciutto. What's more, XNUMX% of the ingredients in some "Made in Australia" products may come from overseas.

"Made in Australia" needs to be redefined

"The New Daily" quoted the independent Australian Senator Nick Xenophon as saying that the current definition of "Made in Australia" is "ridiculous" and "damaging to reputation." This congressman has been committed to promoting the reform of the labeling bill in 2008. He believes that "the current labeling bill may be misleading to consumers."

According to the report, according to the current definition of "Made in Australia", hams imported from Canada and the United States can be sold under the label "Made in Australia" after being processed locally in Australia. Similarly, the raw materials are bacon from Denmark and the Netherlands. After being processed locally in Australia, it can also become "Made in Australia" bacon.

In addition, the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) has issued a notice on its website confirming that “some products with the'Made in Australia' label may not contain ingredients that are entirely Australian.”

Labeling reform "change soup but not medicine"?

The report also pointed out that as part of the reform of the labeling bill, the Australian government recommended that local manufacturers switch to the new "Made in Australia" label, but in fact it is "changing soup instead of medicine."

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane's team has listed 6 "Made in Australia" label templates and conducted an online survey on the feasibility of these labels. It is reported that the patterns on these labels have changed, including an Australian map and a kangaroo pattern, but the text on the labels is relatively uniform, that is, "Made in Australia, with more than 50% local content."

However, these label templates have caused many questions. According to Ben Lazzaro, a spokesperson for the non-profit organization "Made in Australia", these labels look very strange and confusing. For example, consumers cannot determine the true content of local ingredients in products purchased based on these labels, because according to this standard, 99% or 51% of local ingredients can be considered "Made in Australia."

"Made in Australia" standards should be higher

The report also said that the "Made in Australia" organization has also designed its own "Made in Australia" label, using a gold kangaroo pattern on a green background and the text "Australian Made" to distinguish it from the traditional "Made in Australia". The organization believes that local manufacturers need to meet higher standards to be allowed to use this new "Made in Australia" label.

For example, the organization stated that products containing imported pork or coffee beans and other non-local ingredients are not suitable for using this "Australian Made" label, but can use the "Made in Australia" label. In this regard, Lazaro said, “What we have done is to promote a'substantial change' in the label reform, so that consumers will have more confidence in the'Made in Australia' products they buy. In other words, let'Made in Australia' The law requires it to be more'Australian'."

However, he also admitted that even the "Australian Made" label still needs further improvement, but "the reform of the labeling bill is imperative because the source of raw materials for manufacturing is constantly changing."

News compiled from "The New Daily"


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