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The Parliamentary Counsel Office of New Zealand proposed Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill.

The bill aims to provide a simple, mandatory labelling system that will provide consumers with accurate information about the country of origin of single component foods to enable them to make informed food purchasing decisions.

This bill applies to the following:

  • fresh seafood, including prawns, shrimps, crabs, shellfish, cut fish, filleted fish, and seafood that has undergone any other processing including cooking, smoking, drying, pickling, freezing, canning, or coating with another food:
  • fresh and frozen meat, whole or cut, including meat that has been preserved by curing, drying, smoking, canning, or by other means:
  • fresh whole or cut fruit and vegetables:
  • canned, dried, or frozen fruit, and vegetables:
  • nuts, seeds, grains, oil and any other food, either whole or processed.

This bill will come into force 6 months after the date on which it receives Royal assent.

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