Economy – Truth in labelling

Customers rely on the labeling to know what they are purchasing and misleading information on a label is unhelpful and should be illegal. There was a hamburger advertises as “all the beef is 100% Angus beef”. This did not mean that all of the meat pattie was beef but it did create that impression. While the statement was true the impression conveyed an idea that was a deception. We do want the truth not to be creating a deceptive idea.

Policy:

  • The CDP calls for a clear and self-explanatory labelling system to be applied so that consumers can make informed decisions in accordance with their health and dietary requirements including their religious beliefs. The CDP calls for a clear and self-explanatory labelling system to be applied so that consumers can make informed decisions in accordance with their health and dietary requirements including their religious beliefs.

  • Components of ingredients must be listed

  • Country of origin of ingredients and processing must be disclosed

  • If genetic modification is used it must be declared

  • Potential health concerns must be disclosed

  • Fat, salt, nut, lactose, gluten and other known possible dietary concerns must be disclosed.

  • Certainty of compliance of production of product to labeling must be established

  • Penalties will apply for deliberate misinformation on product labels.

Tel: (02) 9633 3255 or 1300 667 975 Fax: (02) 9687 5848 abn 57 658 075 121

Email: headoffice@cdp.org.au Website: www.cdp.org.au

PO Box 8456, PARRAMATTA WESTFIELD NSW 2150 Ref Senses Direct Authorisation