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Call for Rethink on Pork Labelling

by 5m Editor
19 December 2007, at 10:04am

AUSTRALIA - The Australian Meat Industry Council has called for the requirement for country of origin labelling to be placed on unpacked processed pork products to be removed.

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“The present CoOL requirements have been well received by consumers; however, the post-farmgate pork industry has some ongoing concerns.”

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Now Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called on the industry and interested parties to comment on on the proposal, which would amend the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

"The present CoOL requirements have been well received by consumers; however, the post-farmgate pork industry has some ongoing concerns," said a spokesman for FSANZ.

"In considering a change to the Food Standards Code, we must carefully consider the potential impacts on consumers as well as the benefit to industry.

"We welcome advice on whether, or not, to amend the Code."

Among other items being considered are possible labelling of alcoholic beverages with a pregnancy health statement, revised residue limits in food, the addition of calcium to some chewing gum, food from genetically modified cotton and corn, and food safety programs for catering to the general public.

In addition, FSANZ is releasing a ‘consultation paper’ on nutrition and health claims to obtain community feedback on three issues before the FSANZ Board makes a final decision on the rules governing the use of these claims by food manufacturers.FSANZ has called for submisions to be sent in by Wednesday 6 February, except for the nutrition and health claims consultation (P293), which closes off on Friday 1 February.

5m Editor