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Thursday, January 19, 2006

action on food labelling laws

EREMY ROCKLIFF, MHA
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Water and Environment
Friday January 20, 2006, 2006


Labor Government missing in action on food labelling laws



Shadow Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff today accused the Lennon Labor Government of being missing in action on the enforcement of food labelling laws.

Mr Rockliff said it was the State Labor Government’s clear responsibility to police food labelling laws yet a blatantly misleading Coles sign was allowed to go unchecked by the State Government.

It was only after the State Liberals raised concerns about the “Aussie Grown” sign placed above a tray of imported Chinese pears that Coles took it down.

“Where was the Lennon Labor Government which has been so big on rhetoric when it comes to supporting Tasmanian farmers, but so pathetic when it comes to actual action?

“Is it because the cameras have stopped rolling on the Fair Dinkum Food Campaign that Labor is no longer interested in the cause?”

Mr Rockliff said farmers were rightly questioning what the point was of fighting so hard for tougher food labelling laws when the State Labor Government is not interested in policing the existing ones, let alone the new ones, and allowed Coles supermarkets to get away scot-free with such a blatantly misleading sign.

“This is just further evidence of the State Labor Government being all talk and no action on the issue of food labelling.

“The State Labor Government is clearly responsible for the inspection and enforcement of food labels under the Food Act 2003, and the Health Minister has clear powers and functions under this Act.

“Yet the State Labor Government is still, after more than three months, refusing to answer these basic questions:


· How many prosecutions has the State Labor Government instigated for breaches of country of origin labelling over the past five years?

· How many inspections has the State Labor Government instigated for breaches of country of origin labelling over the past five years? And
· What level of resources has the State Labor Government dedicated specifically to country of origin labelling enforcement and policing over the past five years?

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